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71 people killed, 124 wounded in Nigeria bus station blasts - police

Published time: April 14, 2014 12:00
Edited time: April 14, 2014 13:09
Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Afolabi Sotunde)

Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Afolabi Sotunde)

Seventy-one people have been killed and a further 124 injured in two blasts that tore through a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, police officials said.

The explosions took place as several hundred commuters were boarding buses to Abuja. Police spokesman Frank Mba told AP that 16 luxury coaches and 24 minibuses were destroyed.

Police say they believe that secondary explosions were triggered by the first one.

"There was only believed to be one blast with secondary explosions as vehicle fuel tanks ignited and burned," Mba said.

“I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then smoke,” eyewitness Mimi Daniels who works in the capital, told Reuters. “People were running around in panic.”

People help a victim of a bomb blast into the emergency ward of the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Afolabi Sotunde)

While there were initially thought to have been multiple explosions, subsequent blasts were found to have been “secondary” as fuel tanks in the vehicles ignited.

Dead bodies were scattered around the scene of the attack, and ambulances arrived in the area to take the dead and injured to hospitals.

“Rescue teams are already on ground. There were so many people there at that time, so we think there must have been some injuries,” Manzo Ezekiel of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP shortly after the blast before details of the death toll were confirmed.

Police officers gather the belongings of victims at the scene of a bomb explosion at Nyanyan, in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Afolabi Sotunde)

Local correspondents have suggested that Islamist militant group Boho Haram may have been responsible for the attack.

At least 1,500 people have been killed by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria this year, according to Amnesty International. The group have targets schools and military installations. In 2011, the group hit the UN building in Abuja.

Burnt and damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of the bomb blast explosion at Nyanyan, Abuja April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Afolabi Sotunde)

Boko Haram had been threatening to carry out an attack on the capital. They are suspected of being behind the most recent terrorist attack in Nigeria, in the northeast of the country, which resulted in some 60 deaths.

On Sunday, armed militants besieged Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State, near the border with Cameroon.

“The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs [improvised explosive devices] into homes and setting them on fire,” local government administrator Baba Shehu Gulumba told AFP.

“They then went on a shooting spree, opening fire on confused residents as they tried to flee, killing 60 people and injuring several others,” he said.

Bomb experts gather evidence at the scene of a bomb blast at Nyanyan in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Reuters / Afolabi Sotunde)

Comments (23)

 

Emmett 17.05.2014 21:57

IllI 14.04.2014 17:33


If the us media is reporting the details of how and why it happened, and by whom, you can bet that they are lying about the facts. They always do. The fed. res. banker cabal (us, isreal, uk) was probably behind both incidents. The cia is controlled by evil forces that need to create an incident to accomplish a goal of theirs.

  


Mo re terrorists on payroll of CIA to stir up trouble in an oil-producing nation. US will have pretext to invade.. to help Nigerians fight terrorism as US help themselves to Nigeria's oil and gold and set up military bases there.

 

Divya Devarajan 16.04.2014 12:06

What a cruel act, please stop the violence...

 

Marc Laverty 15.04.2014 17:34

Darcy Freeman 14.04.2014 20:38

Well, it's time there Government to purchase brand New Buses that have bullet proof windows for there Citizens to ride in safety and comfort.

  

Good thing bullet proof windows are bomb proof too right...lol

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