Blasts in Nigeria capital kill 18

A spokesman for the country’s NEMA relief agency said the Friday-night blasts in Nyanya and Kuje – outlying regions of Nigeria’s federal capital area – had also injured 41 people.

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Bukola Saraki, has condemned the bomb explosions in the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kuje and Nyanya.

Past year more than 100 people died in two car-bomb attacks in Nyanya that were two weeks apart.

Director general of the National Emergency Management Agency Mohammed Sani-Sidi, who led the evacuation of victims to hospitals, said arrangement has been made for the injured to be treated free of charge.

The first blast happened at the suburban area called Kuje, near the entrance of the police station, killing an unidentified woman. Attacks by the group have intensified since Muhammadu Buhari became president in May, vowing to defeat the group.

The military said on Friday: “Although details are still sketchy, suffice to state that four Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers detonated their vests simultaneously”.

A few 17,000 people are said to have been killed since Boko Haram began its insurgency in 2009.

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.

The attack comes over 24 hours after the Nigerian army confirmed multiple bomb explosions occurred in Maiduguri, Borno state.

On Thursday, the Nigerian military also accused Boko Haram of poisoning water sources in its heartland, saying, however, that only cattle were thought to have died.

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A five-nation force comprising troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin is due to deploy soon, in recognition of the regional threat posed by the group after repeated cross-border attacks.

Blasts in Nigeria capital kill 18