Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned Friday night’s bomb attacks in Nyanya and Kuje satellite towns of Abuja, describing them as barbaric and cowardly.
Attacks by Boko Haram militants have been concentrated in Nigeria’s northeast.
Another blast that took place in the Kuje Area left 13 people dead and 20 injured, the official said. The blast at Kuje was said to have occurred between the Market and the Local Council headquarters.
They said loud explosions were heard from the areas of Kayamla and Dalori, three days after the insurgents attacked Maiduguri, leaving 10 dead and many more injured.
On Thursday, four female suicide bombers killed at least 14 people in Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria, according to an army spokesperson.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerians not to despair and give in to terrorists’ blackmail, saying the Boko Haram insurgents’ aim was to paralyze the country with fear and force Nigerians into submission. That bomber was killed when her explosives detonated prematurely.
There are reports of a third blast Jukwoyi Bus Station after the Nyanya Bridge, another suburb in the city.
The party reaffirmed its support for the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration aimed at ending the insurgency.
A statement signed by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said Buhari was at the Trauma Centre, National Hospital, Abuja and wished the injured victims speedy recovery.
The Nigerian terror group has repeatedly struck Diffa in neighbouring Niger Republic over the past year because Niger’s military is among those taking part in a regional effort to defeat the extremists. Buhari has given his top commanders until early November to end the fighting, which has claimed at least 17,000 lives and made more than 2.5 million homeless since 2009.