The bombing sparked retaliatory violence in Jos later Sunday, with angry youths burning down homes and with soldiers guarding the city opening fire in neighborhoods, witnesses said. Ayuba said at least 10 people died in the bombing, though others said the number of dead included those killed in retaliatory attacks. Soldiers also were wounded in the blast.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, though the city has been targeted in the past by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.
Egypt acquittal in 'virginity tests'
CAIRO - A military court Sunday acquitted an army doctor who had been accused of performing forced "virginity tests" on women detained by soldiers when they broke up a street protest a year ago.
State media reported that the court acquitted the doctor, Ahmed Adel el Mogy, on the relatively narrow basis of contradictions in the testimony heard at the trial. It was unclear if the court reached any conclusions about the occurrence or legitimacy of the tests.
A civilian administrative court concluded in late December that the military had, in fact, wrongly forced several women to undergo the tests. But its authority did not extend to holding officers accountable, and human rights advocates said that Sunday's verdict showed the flaws in military justice.
Samira Ibrahim, who filed both lawsuits, could not be reached for comment. In an online message, she wrote: "Nobody violated my honor, it's Egypt whose honor was violated. And I will go on till the end to get her rights."
- N.Y. Times News Service
Britain seeks amateur cyber aid
BRISTOL, England - Amateur cybersleuths have been hunting malware, raising firewalls, and fending off mock hack attacks in a series of simulations backed in part by Britain's eavesdropping agency.
The games are intended to pull badly needed talent into the country's burgeoning cybersecurity sector, according to former security minister Pauline Neville-Jones.
"The flow of people we have at the moment is wholly inadequate," she said, warning of a skills gap that "threatens the economic future of this country." The exercises are intended to help bridge that gap, drawing thousands of participants who spent weeks shoring up vulnerable home networks, cracking weak codes, and combing through corrupted hard drives in a series of tests designed by companies such as defense contractor QinetiQ and data-security firm Sophos. - AP