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Nigeria imposes curfew on Abuja nightclubs and pubs

June 29, 2011

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Burning vehicles in police HQ car park The police HQ attack was an embarrassing strike at the very heart of the security establishment

The Nigerian authorities have imposed a curfew on nightclubs, beer parlours and cinemas in Abuja two weeks after a major bomb attack on the capital city.

These establishments must now close by 2200 local time (2100 GMT) and public parks that admit children should close at 1800 local time.

Eight people died in the recent attack on the police headquarters carried out by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

It is also accused of Sunday’s attack on a beer garden in Maiduguri.

The group, which usually targets the north-eastern state of Borno, around Maiduguri, says it is fighting for Islamic rule, and campaigns against all political and social activity associated with the West.

Abuja city’s administration said it has also banned parking of vehicles on two roads where most government offices are located.

“These measures are necessitated by the need to ensure adequate security of lives and property in the federal capital territory [in light of] the prevailing security concerns,” the city’s spokesman said in a statement.

After a lull, Boko Haram’s attacks have intensified in the last nine months.

The group’s trademark has been the use of gunmen on motorbikes.

A Christian preacher, a Catholic church, Muslim clerics who have criticised Boko Haram, and last week, a nurse playing cards, have also been targeted.

The sect’s leader Mohammed Yusuf and several hundred of his supporters were killed by security forces in Maiduguri in 2009 after the group attacked police stations.

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