18 killed in series of explosions in Nigeria’s capital city

Ishaya Chonoko, Coordinator of NEMA Abuja operations, who confirmed the figure, said the corpses of the two dead persons and one critically injured person were taken to the Asokoro General Hospital.

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Explaining how the blasts actually occurred, the Senior Information Officer, NEMA, Sani Datti, said, “there were twin suicide bombs in each of the locations where the blasts occurred”.

Most recently, 15 civilians were killed in a Boko Haram attack on a border village as Muslims marked the Eid al-Adha festival, shattering two months of relative calm in the area.

Attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist group have lately been concentrated in Nigeria’s northeastern‎ Borno state, the birthplace of the insurgency, and northern parts of neighbouring Adamawa state.

Security forces this year managed to reclaim most of the territory captured by Boko Haram and freed a number of people abducted by the militant group.

Five Boko Haram militants were arrested for two auto bombings in the Abuja suburb Nyanya and an worldwide arrest warrant was issued for the suspected mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche.

The police chief vowed to work with other security agencies to rid the country of extremism, adding that “Nigeria will not accommodate terrorists’ acts”. “However, a few cattle were killed after drinking water from a few poisoned sources”, Usman said.

Mallam Saidu Modu, who narrowly escaped the second suicide attack, recalled how the teens killed four people near his house.

Buhari said Thursday his leadership has taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities.

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

Officials: 2 blast rock Nigerian capital; rescuers deployed