Thousands of bottles of beer smashed in sharia crackdown in Nigeria | -Africa-

About 240,000 bottles of beer have been shattered by an earthmover as part of a widening crackdown in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano.

imageAlcohol is banned under sharia law, imposed in the city in 2001, but authorities had turned a blind eye to its consumption in hotels and the Sabon Gari Christian quarter.

At the public destruction of beer on Wednesday the head of the religious police board warned that his officers would put an end to alcohol consumption.

Bars in Sabon Gari were the target of multiple bombings on 29 July. The attacks, which killed 24 people, were carried out by suspected Islamist militants who have claimed authorities are not properly applying sharia law that governs nine of Nigeria’s 37 states. The country is divided between a mainly Christian south and predominantly Muslim north.

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