ABUJA, Nigeria – Police say at least 25 people were killed Wednesday by two bombings in the northern city of Kaduna.
Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu said the first blast came after Sheik Dahiru Bauchi gave an annual Ramadan speech for thousands of faithful in an outdoor service. Sheik Bauchi is known for preaching against the violent extremism of Nigeria's Islamic militants, Boko Haram.
The police commissioner said the second bombing came two and half hours later and killed dozens more. He said the bomb exploded in a crowded marketplace and witnesses saw dozens of bodies scattered in the rubble after the blast.
Kaduna is outside the region in Nigeria that is under emergency rule but it has been frequently targeted for violence by the Boko Haram militants.