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Nigeria capital beefs up security after deadly bombing

Nigeria police boosted security across Abuja on Tuesday after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 72 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital. The slaughter on the outskirts of Abuja has raised fears that a deadly insurgency waged by Boko Haram Islamists may be spreading from the remote northeast areas the group has primarily targeted in recent months. Police have "beefed up security" after the attack at the Nyanya bus station a few kilometres south of the city-centre, said spokesman Altine Daniel.

Nigeria capital beefs up security after deadly bombing

Nigeria police boosted security across Abuja on Tuesday after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 72 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital. The slaughter on the outskirts of Abuja has raised fears that a deadly insurgency waged by Boko Haram Islamists may be spreading from the remote northeast areas the group has primarily targeted in recent months. Police have "beefed up security" after the attack at the Nyanya bus station a few kilometres south of the city-centre, said spokesman Altine Daniel.

US denounces 'senseless' Nigeria bombing

The United States on Monday condemned a bomb attack on a packed bus station in Nigeria which killed 71 people, and called for a full investigation. "We are outraged by this senseless act of violence against innocent civilians," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, also condemning a series of attacks on three villages in Borno State over the weekend.

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital

Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday -- the deadliest attack ever to strike the city -- with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists. The bomb, which also injured 124 people, rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja's southern outskirts at 6:45am (0545 GMT) as it was filled with morning commuters, leaving body parts scattered across the terminal and destroying dozens of vehicles.

Blasts at bus station near Nigeria capital kill dozens

Twin blasts at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed dozens of people on Monday, in what appeared to be the latest attack by Boko Haram Islamists. The explosions rocked the Nyanya station roughly five kilometres (three miles) south of Abuja at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) and destroyed some 30 vehicles, mostly large passenger buses, officials and an AFP reporter said.

Nigeria will overcome Boko Haram, president says at scene of attack

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan vowed that the country would overcome a brutal insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists as he visited the scene of a bus station bombing that killed at least 71 people on Monday. "We have lost quite a number," Jonathan said at the Nyanya bus terminal on the outskirts of the capital Abuja. "The issue of Boko Haram is quite an ugly history within this period of our own development ... But we will get over it ... The issue of Boko Haram is temporary." ola-bs/ric

Blasts at bus station near Nigeria capital kill dozens

Twin blasts at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed dozens of people on Monday, in what appeared to be the latest attack by Boko Haram Islamists. The explosions rocked the Nyanya station roughly five kilometres (three miles) south of Abuja at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) and destroyed some 30 vehicles, mostly large passenger buses, officials and an AFP reporter said.

At least 60 killed by suspected Islamists in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said. "The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) into homes and setting them on fire," Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government administrator, told AFP.

At least 60 killed by suspected Islamists in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said. "The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) into homes and setting them on fire," Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government administrator, told AFP.

Nigerian arrested for tweeting attack pictures freed

Nigeria has released a man who was arrested for tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break at the headquarters of the intelligence agency in Abuja, a family friend told AFP Saturday. Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi, who works for a national electricity firm, was arrested and held incommunicado for at least 11 days after tweeting the pictures. "Yes, Yusuf Onimisi has been released. His younger brother, Sanusi Onimisi, a student at Bayero University in Kano, spoke to him by telephone earlier today," the family friend, Frank Edohor, told AFP.
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