Nigeria

At least four killed in Abuja bomb attack

Reuters

A bomb blast in Abuja killed at least four people and wounded 26 in a New Year’s Eve attack, the Nigerian Defence Minister said on Saturday. The bomb exploded in the crowded Mami market near the Sani Abacha army barracks. All of the dead and most of those wounded were civilians. It was the second bomb attack in Abuja in three months.

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“Four people died from the blast, including a pregnant woman. Twenty-six others were injured, 11 of them seriously,” Adetokunbo Kayode told reporters.

“I suspect nobody, but assure you that we will go through a very thorough, deep investigation […] anybody that is involved in this will be tracked down and will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he added.

Report: correspondent

"The bomb was planted in hand luggage and carefully left in the midst of tourists. Foreigners, diplomats and top government officials usually frequent this spot," said correspondent Ben Shemang.

"The dead have been taken to mortuaries while those wounded are receiving treatment in various hospitals," he added.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan described the attack as a “new and dangerous challenge to our peace and stability”.

“Evil people determined to turn the joys of fellow Nigerians to ashes detonated a bomb at a barracks market in the federal capital city,” he said.

Jonathan blamed the bombing on Boko Haram an Islamist group that claimed responsibility for an attack on Christmas Eve that killed more than 80 people. He described the attacks as "road bumps" on Nigeria's path to a better future.

There have been no claims of responsibility so far.

"It's unfortunate that some people planted a bomb where people were relaxing," said the chief of defence staff, Air Marshal Oluseyi Petirin. "It's the same type of incident we had in Jos," he added.

“The scene has been cordoned off by security agents and an investigation has commenced. Security has been tightened around the whole city,” Police spokesperson Moshood Jimoh told the Reuters news agency.

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