Sunday 21 January 2018

Boat capsizes killing 45 in Nigeria

AT least 45 people died when a wooden boat carrying 166 people from southeastern Nigeria capsized off the coast, a doctor said on last night.

The boat left on Friday from the remote town of Oron, in Cross Rivers state, and was heading across the Gulf of Guinea to Gabon, in central Africa, when it capsized 40 nautical miles offshore, emergency services and traders said.

A doctor at a hospital in the coastal town of Calabar said they had received 45 bodies of passengers who had drowned.

Meanwhile, 41 people died in a suicide car bomb that struck a bus station in a Christian neighbourhood in Kano, northern Nigeria's busiest commercial centre, in the most deadly attack in nine months that is blamed on Islamic extremists, an official said.

Irish Independent

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