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Bomb wounds 8 in Nigeria

Map of Nigeria

February 12, 1997
Web posted at: 2:45 p.m. EST (1945 GMT)

LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) -- A bomb packed with nails exploded near a military bus Wednesday, wounding eight people, including five Nigerian soldiers, police said.

It was the fourth attack since December on the military. Similar blasts have been blamed by the police on opposition groups, which deny those accusations.

Nigeria has been in crisis since a previous military ruler in 1993 annulled elections that would have restored democracy. Gen. Sani Abacha, who seized power in the aftermath of the annulment, promises to hand over power to a democratically elected president next year. Voter registration for elections began Monday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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