14 April 2014

Nigeria: Scores Dead in Abuja Bomb Blast

Photo: Abubakar Yakubu/Daily Trust
Vehicles and motorcycles hit by the impact of the explosion at the Nyanya Motor-park, along Abuja-Keffi Expressway outside Abuja.

Abuja — Scores of people were killed today when a bomb suspected to have been buried underground exploded at the popular Nyanya Motor Park, Abuja claiming lots of lives.

The explosion occurred around 6am (Nigerian time)on Monday at the densely populated motor park affecting about seven Abuja BRT buses popularly called 'El-Rufai buses' and several other commuter buses and private cars.

Eye witnesses say the explosion claimed more than 200 lives but casualty figures may increase as more bodies are being evacuated from the scene.

Our correspondent saw dozens of dead bodies, some burnt beyond recognition, while they were being evacuated by emergency and rescue teams from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), FCT Fire Service, State House Hospital Ambulances, Federal Road Safety Corps and FCT Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs).

Our correspondent at the scene saw at least five ambulances filled with corpses from the explosion which were being taken to the National Hospital, Abuja.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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