Two blasts rock Nigerian capital Abuja

Published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 by The News Editor

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Two explosions rocked the Nigerian capital of Abuja and have resulted in a number of deaths, an official has said.

Ezekiel Manzo of the National Emergency Management Agency said the blasts happened in Nyanya and Kuje, both satellite towns of Abuja.

He said the explosions happened almost simultaneously “and have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries” but did not say how many people had been killed.

No group has claimed responsibility but the attack has attributes of others by home-grown extremist group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram extremists have largely been carrying out attacks in the country’s north-east but have occasionally attacked other towns.

Violence from Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency has left nearly 20,000 people dead and 1.4 million displaced from their homes.

At least 1,000 people have been killed since President Muhammadu Buhari took office earlier this year with the promise of wiping out the insurgents.

Earlier, Nigeria’s army said four suicide bombers killed at least 10 people in Maiduguri, after also blaming Islamic extremists for trying to poison water sources in north-eastern Nigeria.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Thursday night attack but Nigerian security forces blamed Boko Haram, which is based in the area.

At least 39 others were wounded in the attack in the Sareji neighborhood of Maiduguri, military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s military on Thursday also accused Boko Haram of poisoning water sources in north-eastern Nigeria.

“Credible information … indicates that though no human life was lost as a result of the barbaric act of the terrorists, however, some cattle were killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources,” Col Usman said.

In a separate incident, residents say five people were killed earlier Thursday by suspected Boko Haram militants in Kirchinga, a village in Adamawa state, which borders the Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram hideout.

Ahmad Musa, who fled the attack on his village, said militants shot indiscriminately at residents forcing many to flee into nearby bushes to escape the onslaught.

Mr Buhari said on Thursday his leadership has taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities. Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run, he said.

“That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets … is indicative of their cowardice and desperation,” he said.

Published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 by The News Editor

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