Bomb detonates at northern Nigerian hotel hours after presidential vote; 8 hurt

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: April 17, 2011 - 5:36 AM

KADUNA, Nigeria - A police spokesman in northern Nigeria says eight people were wounded when a bomb detonated at a hotel hours after the presidential election.

The blast went off in Kaduna, the vice president's hometown. Kaduna state police spokesman Aminu Lawal told The Associated Press on Sunday that two suspects were in custody.

Police said they had no motive for the attack but it came hours after voters in Africa's most populous nation cast votes. Kaduna was once a ruling party stronghold but preliminary results from Saturday's poll showed voters sided with an opposition candidate.

Nigeria has a long history of violent and rigged elections, but international observers have said the poll went smoothly this time despite some reports of irregularities.

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