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ABUJA – Seventy one people are dead and one hundred and twenty four are wounded after an explosion in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.
According to eye witness reports, bodies were scattered around the area after the explosion, which made a hole in the ground 1.2 metres deep.
Early reports suggest that it destroyed more than thirty vehicles, with the main damage coming from secondary explosions due to fuel tanks and ignition sources located nearby.
The blast, which occurred as commuters were boarding buses and taxis for work, may have been another attack by Islamist militant Boko Haram, experts say.
Speaking to media at the scene, eyewitness Mimi Daniels said, “I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion then smoke”.
Another eyewitness, remarking on what they saw, said: “So there are many dead shot down at the scene of the accident. And as you can see now some of these casualties… we are hoping, we are praying they will be ok. We saw some ambulances bringing corpses to other hospitals.”
This post was originally published on April 14, 2014.