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At least 21 killed in rush-hour blast in Nigerian capital

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 01:09

An explosion rocks an upscale shopping district in Abuja, killing at least 21 people and injuring 17. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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An explosion tears through a crowded shopping district in Nigeria's capital Abuja, killing at least 21 people. More than a dozen were injured. It's not immediately clear what caused the blast. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ABUJA RESIDENT, SHUAIBU BABA, SAYING: "I've lost a driver. And why? Because I came to photocopy for 10 naira a page. I lost a driver that has three wives and eight children. And this driver is not supposed to bring me here but I forced him. I begged him to take me there and this is the end. And these children, they are going to school. He is the one taking care of his family and the children. How are we going to do with the children?" Nigeria has been hit by almost daily bomb and gun attacks, which are widely suspected to be the work of Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The insurgents, who are trying to carve out an Islamist state in the north, have increasingly been moving beyond their traditional base, targeting the capital city in recent months.

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At least 21 killed in rush-hour blast in Nigerian capital

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 01:09