Car bomb in Christian quarter of north Nigerian city of Kano kills 4, wounds 5

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 8:07 PM

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A car bomb has exploded in the Christian neighborhood of Nigeria's second most populous and mainly Muslim city of Kano.

Police say at least four people were killed and five wounded.

A top police official says the car exploded Sunday night before the bomber reached his target of the busy restaurants and bars lining Gold Coast Street. It's unclear if the bomber was among the casualties.

The Sabon Gari Christian quarter is a popular area where people dine, play games, dance and drink alcohol late into the night. Alcohol is forbidden under Shariah law that holds in the largely Muslim city, but authorities generally turn a blind eye to the Christian neighborhood and hotels.

Previous explosions have been blamed on Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM'), the Islamic extremist group that kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. Boko Haram also has claimed responsibility for two explosions last month in Nigeria's capital that killed more than 120 people and wounded more than 200.

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