Abuja Blast Maims at least 80

ABUJA—A rush-hour bomb blast on Monday at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja killed at least 71 people, an attack that is likely to raise fresh concerns about security in the Nigerian capital as it prepares to play host to a meeting of leading international investors, entrepreneurs and politicians. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday morning’s attack, which also wounded more than 124 people. But suspicion immediately focused on Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group whose attacks across northeastern Nigeria have killed more than 1,500 people this year, according to Amnesty International.


President Jonathan at the scene of the blast

The explosion ripped through the Nyanya depot, where buses were busily loading passengers for the 15-minute commute to the center of the capital Abuja. In addition to passengers, the dead included women selling snacks, several taxi drivers and at least one young girl who had been taking bus tickets, witnesses said.

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Source: wsl

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