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Powerful blast rocks police headquarters in Abuja

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-16

A suicide bomber blew up a police headquarters in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Thursday, killing at least one other person. It is the latest in a string of blasts to have hit the capital since October last year.

AP - A suicide bombing in the parking lot of police headquarters in Nigeria’s capital Thursday has killed two people, police said.

Olusola Amore, national police spokesman, told journalists that two people were confirmed dead after a car blew up in the parking lot outside the building of the police headquarters Thursday morning.

Police say the suicide bomber and a traffic warden who rode in the car to show the driver where to park were both killed in the attack. Amore read an official statement that said that “the body of the suicide bomber has been recovered and full investigation has commenced.”

Nigeria has experienced a rise in bomb attacks in public spaces over the last year, but suicide bombings are practically unheard of in Africa’s most populous nation.
Amore said police blame a radical Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram.

"They have been issuing threat upon threat," Amore said.

Umar Mairiga, a spokesman for the Nigerian Red Cross, said that seven injured people were taken to a hospital for treatment and two had already been discharged. He said it was difficult to confirm how many people had died in a blast that left bodies dismembered in the parking lot outside the building of the police headquarters Thursday morning.

Police said 33 cars had been damaged beyond repair and 40 more had been partially damaged by the explosion.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. Thick black smoke could be seen from far away at the time of the blast, and fire services have since put out the fire. Army, police and emergency workers were also at the blast site.

The police headquarters building was not affected by the blast.

A bomb exploded on New Year’s Eve in an open-air beer garden and market at an army barracks in the capital, killing at least four and wounding at least 21, police said.

Dual car bombings killed at least 12 people during Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations in Abuja on Oct. 1. One bomb detonated, with another exploding about five minutes later, targeting police, firefighters and curious onlookers gathered there. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, the dominant militant group in the Niger delta region, claimed responsibility for the anniversary attacks.
 

Date created : 2011-06-16

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