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Abuja bombing: 71 dead, 124 injured, 16 luxury buses, 24 other vehicles burnt •Soldiers, bomb experts cordoned off Nyanya park •Jonathan visits victims in hospitals


Seventy one people were killed and 124 sustained different degrees of injuries on Monday morning, following bomb explosion which affected sixteen luxury buses and 24 other vehicles at Nyanya Park on the outskirts of capital city, Abuja.

Earlier before the bomb blast, the bubbly Nyanya Motor Park, was crowded with workers and people waiting to board vehicles to their different places of work and offices in Abuja.

Nyanya Motor Park is 33 kilometres from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Soldiers and bomb disposal experts, who later came to rescue the situation, have cordoned off the area over suspicion of an undetonated bomb, while people were warned not to move near the explosion scene, while nine ambulances were seen carrying dead bodies.

The spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, Manzo Ezekiel, speaking on the bomb blast said: “This morning there was an explosion at the Nyanya Motor Park and rescue teams are already on ground."

“There were so many people there at that time, so we think there must have been some injuries," Ezekiel said.

No organisation or body has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has cancelled his planned visit to Ibadan. He had paid visits to victims of the bomb blast admitted in various hospitals in Abuja.

Earlier, President Jonathan, had concluded plans to visit Ibadan to felicitate with the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Samuel Odulana, celebrating his centenary birthday anniversary.

Nyanya Park, which is a major spot for travellers out of Abuja city, has also become the most popular entry port to Abuja.

Passengers travel to Akwanga and Lafia in Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau and other northern locations from the motor park, while it also servers as park for workers coming into the city.

Intra-city buses called el-Rufai, also converged there to transport workers into the city, while Akwanga expressway, which passes through Nyanya, remains the only route to the capital city from the East. Though the FCT authorities said it was building alternative roads, none exists so far.


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