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Official claims politics not terrorists behind bombing that killed 43 in northeast Nigeria

A former state governor says a car bomb that killed at least 43 people in a northeast Nigerian city is the work of political opponents and not Islamic militants.

Nigeria's military blamed Tuesday's blast in Maiduguri city on Muslim extremists.

A mortuary official said Wednesday that 43 corpses were brought to the hospital, many burnt beyond recognition in the blast in a busy commercial center on a Muslim holiday.

Former governor and current Sen. Ali Sheriff said that politicians against his re-election campaign were behind the bombing.

Property and vehicles belonging to Sheriff were set ablaze after the attack by youth who accused him of financing Islamic terrorists.

Charges that some politicians and military support an Islamic uprising are gaining traction as Nigeria prepares for 2015 elections.