Thursday 29 June 2017

Eight killed in Nigerian bombings

Jon Gambrell in Abuja Nigeria

Two car bombs exploded in Nigeria yesterday as the country celebrated its 50th independence anniversary. At least eight people were killed in an unprecedented attack on the nation's capital by militants from the oil-rich southern delta region.

Responsibility was claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. A statement from the group said: "There is nothing worth celebrating after 50 years of failure."

It is believed that President Goodluck Jonathan and other dignitaries were located a short distance from the blast.

The bombings raise new questions about political stability and security in Africa's most populous nation as it approaches a critical presidential election and remains one of the world's top crude oil suppliers.

Irish Independent

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