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At least 20 dead in Abuja bomb blast

A bomb blast at a bus depot on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja killed at least 20 people during rush hour on Monday morning, witnesses said. A Reuter’s cameraman saw 20 bodies at the depot at Nyanya Bridge, south of Abuja, and two witnesses said another 15 had already been removed by the emergency services. Nyanya is about 33kms from central Abuja. I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then smoke. People were running around in panic,” said Mimi Daniels, who works in Abuja. Another blast followed, she said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion is likely to fall on the militant group Boko Haram. The Islamists have been waging an increasingly bloody insurgency in the northeast. The Boko Haram militants killed at least 135 people in attacks on several villages in northeast Nigeria late last week. Eight people were killed in a separate attack at a teacher training college, witnesses said. Yesterday, in Bama area, another 60 people were killed by the militants.

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