Bus station blast near Nigerian capital kills at least 71

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Eyewitnesses say there are dead bodies scattered around the area. [Al Jazeera]
A bomb at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja killed at least 71 people during Monday morning\’s rush hour, police said.
The blast, around 7am at the Nyanya Motor Park, destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned.
Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts.
"We have been able to bring some of the dead to the morgue and some injured have been taken to the hospital," said Charles Otegbade, head of search and rescue at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
He said his team had not yet been able to provide precise figures on casualties.
A Reuters camerman reported seeing 20 bodies at the depot at Nyanyan bridge, around 8km south of Abuja, and two witnesses said another 15 had already been removed by the emergency services.
"I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then smoke. People were running around in panic," said Mimi Daniels, who works in Abuja. Another blast followed, she said, according to Reuters news agency.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but suspicion is likely to fall on armed group Boko Haram. The group has been involved in increasing levels of violence in the northeast.
Boko Haram has hit Abuja several times before, including an attack on the United Nations building in 2011.
This year, Boko Haram\’s fighters have killed more than 1,500 civilians in three states in north-east Nigeria.
Source –  Agencies

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