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Nigeria’s rebel group denies responsibility for Abuja bombing

Nigeria's Defence minister Adetokunbo Kayode meets Abuja bombing victims
Nigeria's Defence minister Adetokunbo Kayode meets Abuja bombing victims REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigeria’s group Mend has denied responsibility for the bomb attack in the capital Abuja which killed at least four people.

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"The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) denies any involvement in any of the bombings that took place in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday, December 31, 2010," the group said in a statement. Mend also insists it always issues warning to minimise casualties.

On Sunday, an attack on a crowded market near army barrack killed three men and one teenager, Nigerian police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood told RFI. Twenty-one people were injured.

Mend has claimed responsibility for the October 1 Independence Day twin bomb blasts in the Nigerian capital in which at least 12 people were killed. It was the group's first attack in Abuja.

The brother of alleged rebel leader Henry Okah, Charles Okah and three others are on trial for the bomb attack.

The Mend rebel group claims to be fighting for a fairer share of the oil revenues for poor local communities in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

According to data from Bloomberg wire service, Mend attacks have cut Nigeria’s oil output by 28 per cent.
 

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