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Nigeria Shopping Center Blast Kills 19

Bomb Blast in Nigerian Capital Kills At Least 21i
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June 26, 2014 2:39 AM
Nigerian police say at least 19 people were killed and 52 injured Wednesday when a bomb exploded outside a crowded shopping center in a posh neighborhood in the Nigerian capital. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
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A bombing at a Nigerian shopping center killed at least 19 people and wounded 52 Wednesday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic extremists are suspected.

Initial reports said 21 people were killed by the blast at Emab Plaza in Abuja -- which came as shoppers were getting ready to watch Nigeria's World Cup match with Argentina.

Police say burned out cars, body parts, and pools of blood are scattered everywhere. One person has been arrested. Some witnesses said a person riding a motorcycle threw the bomb.

Suspicion has fallen on Boko Haram -- the Islamic extremist group responsible for thousands of deaths in a terror campaign to turn northern Nigeria into an Islamic state.

VOA correspondent Heather Murdock went to the shopping center and said the scene was chaotic.

"What is clear is there was a huge blast. It blew out 17 cars. Several buildings have lost windows and have been damaged," said Murdock. "Around the whole area, there is glass everywhere. We talked to a local girl who sells local nuts on the streets. She told me that all she saw was just a huge blast and two of her sisters were killed instantly."

An eyewitness who gave no name said his property at the site was extensively damaged.

Abuja has been hit by a series of deadly bombings in recent months.

In April, more than 70 people were killed by a bomb blast at a bus terminal on the outskirts of Abuja.

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for that attack. The group has killed thousands of people during its five-year insurgency to establish a hardline Muslim state in northern Nigeria.

In May, a car bombing at a bus station in the capital left 18 people dead.

Some information for this report comes from AFP and Reuters.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
June 26, 2014 9:25 AM
Once again terrorists have committed a terrible crime against innocent civilians, and there appears to be no end to these ingenious acts. The entire World needs to condemn these dastardly acts, and Nigeria needs to start taking preventive and defensive actions against these criminals. So far the Nigerian security forces have done little, if anything, to prevent these attacks.

The people of Nigeria need a new competent leadership running their security forces, or there will be no end to the pain and suffering, the current leadership appears paralized and just can't handle the negative situation. National gvmts have a duty and are responsible for protecting their citizens, and the people must demand it. It is a very sad state of affairs for the people of Nigeria.


by: SHEK ZY from: KADUNA
June 25, 2014 6:07 PM
May God help us in nigeria, may God give the family of dos who lose there life the heart to bear the lose.

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