A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital Abuja on Monday.
The Islamist group Boko Haram was blamed for the attack.
A rush-hour bomb blast on Monday at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja killed at least 71 people, an attack that is likely to raise fresh concerns about security in the Nigerian capital as it prepares to play host to a meeting of leading international investors, entrepreneurs and politicians.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday morning’s attack, which also wounded more than 124 people. But suspicion immediately focused on Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group whose attacks across northeastern Nigeria have killed at least 1,500 people this year, according to Amnesty International.
The explosion ripped through the Nyanya depot, where buses were busily loading passengers for the 15-minute commute to the center of the capital Abuja. In addition to passengers, the dead included women selling snacks, several taxi drivers and at least one young girl who had been taking bus tickets, witnesses said.
Baggage handlers helped Red Cross workers transport the bodies of the dead to a nearby morgue. “They are very busy,” said Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross Society. The casualty toll, announced by police spokesman Frank Mba, was expected to rise.
Banks in the neighborhood were immediately closed, and government soldiers arrived by truck to close roads leading to the depot. Bystanders, meanwhile, climbed onto a bridge near the dusty, open-air depot and gazed down at the bodies of the dead on the ground.
The explosion left body parts scattered across the terminal. (Oman Observer)