Friday 31 October 2014

Nigerian capital rocked by blast

Published 01/05/2014 | 21:52

People attend a demonstration calling on the Nigerian government to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls (AP)

An explosion has rocked an area of the Nigerian capital near the site of a bombing that killed at least 75 people last month.

Rescue services have rushed to the scene in Abuja on May Day, a public holiday in the West African nation.

Witnesses said a car laden with explosives appeared to blow up near a checkpoint where security services have been delaying traffic for searches.

The Boko Haram Islamic extremist network claimed the April 14 bombing at rush-hour at a busy bus station in a working class suburb. It killed at least 75 people and wounded 141.

Hours later, the militants kidnapped more than 230 teenage girls at a school in the remote north east that is their stronghold.

A hospital worker said he counted at least nine bodies ferried by ambulance to Asokoro General Hospital.

Nigeria is hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa next week in Abuja.

Press Association

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