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29 killed in Nigeria bomb blasts

Published 23/07/2015 | 11:27

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari was in Washington this week and met with Secretary of State John Kerry (AP)
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari was in Washington this week and met with Secretary of State John Kerry (AP)

Bomb blasts at two busy bus stations in eastern Nigeria have killed almost 30 people and left more than 100 others injured.

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Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Sani Datti said at least 29 people died in the explosions in Gombe. The agency called for urgent blood donations to treat the injured.

The latest in a series of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists comes as the West African nation's new president warned that the US refusal to sell strategic weapons is hampering Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram.

President Muhammadu Buhari, while in Washington this week, urged the US president and Congress to be more flexible about a law prohibiting weapons sales to countries whose soldiers are accused of gross human rights violations.

Mr Buhari said the Leahy Law is aiding Boko Haram in its crimes.

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