1 May 2014

Nigeria: 20 Killed in Fresh Boko Haram Attack in Abuja

A car bomb exploded on a busy road in Nigeria's capital late Thursday, killing at least nine people days before the city is to host a major ... ( Resource: Deadly Nigeria Bombing Bears Hallmarks Of Islamic Extremists )

Another explosion occurred on Thursday night in Abuja, near the scene of a deadly bomb attack that took place mid last month.

The blast happened in Nyanya on the outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), close to the motor park where 75 people died in the early morning attack on 14 April.

The incident took place at around 8.03 p.m. Thursday.

The insurgent Boko Haram group later claimed responsibility for the April 14 attack. About 20 people were feared killed in the latest incident and many more were reported to have been injured.

The Thursday night explosion was said to have been caused by a car bomb.

Security agencies had a hard time controlling the crowd that surged following the explosion and had to resort use of teargas to gain access to carry out rescue operations.

The darkness that enveloped the area compounded the rescue efforts.

The military eventually succeeded in condoning the area while ambulances were busy conveying the dead and the injured to the hospital.

According to a victim, Chukwuma Ilo, a trader who sustained injuries on his laps, said he saw over 20 people that died at the spot.

The military has succeeded in condoning the area while ambulances were busy conveying the dead and the injured to the hospital.

Most of Boko Haram's attacks have been in the North East part of the country.

Leader of the terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, had dismissed the April 14 bomb attack as a "tiny incident" that would soon be followed by more attacks.

The group released its new video to journalists hours after AFP news agency published highlights of the clip.

Shekau, who appeared in the video, as usual, clad in a military attire, with a long dark cap strapped with a dark turban, with an AK-47 rifle across his chest, spoke boastfully about the prowess of his group and how vulnerable the Nigerian nation was to him and his men.

He described the Nyanya blast as "tiny incident", which, according to him, does not merit the global condemnation that it has generated.

He said the attack was just the beginning of more attacks on the nation, adding that it was a general reprisal for all the killing of Muslims across the country and the world suffer "in the hands of infidels".

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