Second blast in 24 hours in Nigerian city

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IOL pic apr10 nigeria bomb blast Reuters File picture: Nigerian officials inspect the site of a bomb blast.

Lagos - A blast in Nigeria's eastern city of Jalingo killed a woman and wounded five children, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Saturday.

The explosion late on Friday was the second such explosion in the same city in 24 hours, NEMA said in a statement.

“After Thursday's explosion in a beer parlour in Doruwa, Jalingo, where one died and 14 were injured, another explosion occurred last night (Friday) in the Mallam Joda area of Jalingo.... a woman was killed, and five kids injured.”

NEMA senior official in the northeast region Mohammed Kanar told AFP that he was still waiting for more details from officials who visited the scene.

Jalingo is the capital of Taraba state, which has been occasionally hit by violence blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Bars have sometimes been targeted, although crime and local disputes have also led to such incidents.

In the Thursday incident, local media reported that up to three people were killed. - Sapa-AFP

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