Deadly Bomb Blast Kills 21 in Abuja

About 21 people are thought to have died after a bomb went off outside a shopping mall in Abuja, which left several others injured.

The bomb is thought to have gone off shortly before the start of the Nigeria game against Argentina. The Guardian reports that eye witnesses claim to have seen someone on a motorcycle dropping off the bomb at the exit of the mall.

Shuaibu BabaI, a local resident told the paper that he heard the explosion and felt the building shaking. Babal told how he rushed outside the house after the explosion only to find that the taxi driver who had just dropped him off was dead. “I asked the driver to come with me, and he said ‘No,’ he would wait for me in the car.”

Police Superintendent Francis Mba confirmed the bomb blasts and sought to reassure residents of the federal capital that the police force were doing everything to curtail the insurgence.

He also added that one person had been arrested in connection with the explosion as the Nigerian police commence investigations into the incident.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the fatal attack but it is widely believed that terror group Boko Haram are responsible for the attack.

The group has stepped up attacks recently in a bid to establish a muslim state in Nigeria. According to some reports, the group is responsible for the deaths of over 2, 000 in the North eastern part of Nigeria this year alone.

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