Explosion rocks bus station near Nigerian capital

Global News

ABUJA, Nigeria – An explosion ripped through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, before 7 a.m. Monday as hundreds of people were travelling to work.

Many are feared dead. Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts.

The blast ripped a large hole in the ground of Nyanya Motor Park, 16 kilometres from the city centre and destroyed more than 30 vehicles, causing secondary explosions as their fuel tanks ignited and burned.

There was no official comment or an immediate claim for the explosion though bus stations are a favoured target of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists.

The Islamic extremists have been threatening to attack the capital, in the middle of the country and hundreds of kilometres from its traditional base in the northeast, where it has killed nearly 1,500 people this year.

The Boko Haram terrorist network last attacked the capital in 2011 when…

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