A loud bomb blast has rocked a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
The station at Nyanya, was crowded with workers and people going to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Monday. Many people were feared injured, said Manzo Ezekiel, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency. This morning there was an explosion at the Nyanya Motor Park,” Ezekiel said. Nyanya is located 33 kms from the capital. Rescue teams are already on ground. There were so many people there at that time, so we think there must have been some injuries,” he added. The cause of the blast was not yet known.
Reuters reported that no fewer than 20 people were killed in the blast.
A Reuters 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.
“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 Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The Islamists have been waging an increasingly bloody insurgency in the northeast.
Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 60 people in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria late last week. Eight people were killed in a separate attack at a teacher training college, witnesses said.