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25 killed in Nigeria bomb attacks

Three bombs have exploded in north-eastern Nigeria, killing 25 people and wounding 12 in an attack carried out by an Islamic sect.

Authorities said the bombs exploded on Sunday afternoon in the city of Maiduguri.

Police blamed the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which recently carried out an attack on the nation's police headquarters.

Authorities said two men riding on a back of motorcycles threw bombs at beer gardens, which are popular nightspots for locals.

Boko Haram, whose name in the local Hausa language means "Western education is sacrilege," has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in north-east Nigeria. Most attacks have occurred in the Boko Haram stronghold of Maiduguri, which is about 540 miles from Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

Northeast Borno state, where the Sunday blast happened, is one of a dozen states that have embraced Islamic Shariah law. However, outdoor beer gardens hidden from public view remain popular.

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