TIME Nigeria

At Least 71 Dead After Blast Rocks Nigerian Capital

A large blast that triggered secondary explosions at a bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja killed at least 71 people and injured 124 others. There has been no confirmation on what may have caused the initial explosion

Updated 8:04 a.m.

A large explosion near a bus station outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja killed at least 71 people and wounded 124 on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Officials said there was one large explosion followed by secondary blasts as fuel tanks ignited. The blasts destroyed 16 luxury coaches and 24 minibuses, police spokesman Frances Mba said.

“I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then smoke. People were running around in panic,” eyewitness Mimi Daniels told Reuters.

There has been no confirmation on what may have caused the initial explosion. No terrorist organizations have taken responsibility, although Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been making threats against the capital.

[AP]

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