நைஜீரியத் தலைநகர் அபுஜாவின் புறநகர் பகுதியில் பேருந்து நிலையம் ஒன்றில் இடம்பெற்ற இரு குண்டுத் தாக்குதல்களில் 71 பேர் கொல்லப்பட்டுள்ளதாக நைஜீரிய போலீஸார் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.
நியான்யா பேருந்து நிலையத்தில் பயணிகள் கூட்டம் அலைமோதிய நேரத்தில் இடம்பெற்ற இந்த குண்டுவெடிப்பு சம்பவத்தில் 120 க்கும் அதிகமானவர்கள் காயம் அடைந்துள்ளனர்.
குண்டுவெடிப்பு இடம்பெற்ற இடத்தை சென்று பார்வையிட்ட நைஜிரிய அதிபர் குட்லக் ஜோனாத்தான் தாக்குதல் சம்பவத்திற்கு இஸ்லாமிய ஆயுதக்குழுவான போக்கோ ஹாராம் மீது குற்றம் சுமத்தியுள்ளார்.
எனினும் தாக்குதல் சம்பவத்திற்கு இது வரையில் ஒருவரும் பொறுப்பேற்கவில்லை.
இதற்கு முன்னர் அபுஜாவில் போக்கோ ஹாரம் தாக்குதல்களை நடத்தியுள்ளது.
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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A massive explosion ripped through a bus station during the morning rush hour in Nigeria’s capital, killing at least 71 people and wounding 124 in a bombing that marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja.
President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene and blamed Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group which operates in the northeast of Nigeria and which has been threatening to attack Nigeria’s capital. One official said he believed the bomb buried in the earth while the emergency management agency said the explosives were apparently hidden in a vehicle.
Survivors screamed in anguish and the stench of burning fuel and flesh hung over the site where billows of black smoke rose as firefighters worked to put out the fires. Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts as ambulances rushed the wounded to the hospitals. State television has broadcast calls for blood donations.
Security personnel battled to belatedly cordon off the area as a bomb detonation team was combing it for secondary explosives, a common occurrence here. Thousands of bystanders gathered, ignoring warnings to stay away.
While violence has torn the northeast where Boko Haram has killed thousands, the capital in the middle of Africa’s most populous country has been relatively peaceful.
Two notable exceptions occurred when Boko Haram members rammed two explosives-laden cars into the lobby of the United Nations office building in 2011, killing at least 21 people and wounded 60 and when militants from the southern oil-producing Niger Delta in October 2010 exploded two car bombs at Independence Day celebration, leaving at least 12 people dead and 17 injured. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta which carried out that attack has been largely dormant since then, except for some sabotage of oil pipelines.
There was no immediate claim for Monday’s bombing though bus stations are a favored Boko Haram target. In March 2013, the extremists drove a car bomb into the main bus station in Kano, Nigeria’s second biggest city, killing at least 25 people.
Boko Haram’s campaign to make Nigeria an Islamic state with Sharia, or Islamic law, enforced throughout the country poses the greatest threat to its cohesion and security and threatens nearby countries where the fighters have gone to train and fight.
“The issue of Boko Haram is quite an ugly history within this period of our own development,” said Jonathan. “Government is doing everything to make sure that we move our country forward … But the issue of Boko Haram is temporary. Surely, we will get over it.”
In May 2013, Jonathan declared a state of emergency and deployed thousands of troops to curb the violence in northeast Nigeria after the extremists took control of entire towns and villages. Security forces quickly forced the Islamic insurgents out of urban areas but have been battling to dislodge them from hideouts, despite near-daily air bombardments and ground assaults this year on forests and mountain caves along the border with Cameroon.
The military has claimed it has the upper hand in the war, but the extremists have fought back with more frequent and ever-deadlier attacks.
Governors and traditional leaders in the northeast have demanded that Jonathan end the state of emergency, saying it is causing suffering and has not been effective. Some 750,000 people have been forced from towns and villages, including tens of thousands of farmers who had to abandon their farms, risking a food shortage this year.
There was believed to be only one bomb detonation Monday with secondary explosions as vehicle fuel tanks ignited and burned. It appeared the explosives were buried in the dirt ground of the bus station, said John Ahwen, counter-terrorism chief of the National Security and Defense Corps. But the National Emergency Management Agency said it thought the explosives were hidden in a vehicle.
“I can’t count the number of people that died. They took them in open vehicles. People were running and there was confusion,” said civil servant Ben Nwachukwu.
The blast left a hole 4 feet deep (1.2 meters) in the ground of Nyanya Motor Park about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the city center. It happened at 6:45 a.m. (05:45 GMT) as people were traveling to work.
The deadliest toll in the nearly 5-year-old Islamic uprising came March 14 when Boko Haram attacked the main military barracks in the northeast, Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, and freed hundreds of detainees. Amnesty International said more than 600 people were killed, most of them unarmed detainees gunned down by soldiers.
Last week, Boko Haram suspects detained at the State Security Service headquarters in Abuja, next door to the residence and office of President Goodluck Jonathan, staged a failed jailbreak in which it is suspected that they had outside help. The agency said 21 detainees were shot and killed and two agents wounded in a shootout that lasted more than two hours.
The militants are blamed for attacks in northeast Nigeria that have killed more than 64 people in the past week, including eight teachers living at a boarding school that had been closed because of frequent attacks on schools in which hundreds of students have died.
Boko Haram — the nickname means “Western education is forbidden” — has been attacking schools, villages, market places and military barracks and checkpoints this year in increasingly frequent and deadly attacks. Its mission is to force an Islamic state on Nigeria whose 170 million people are divided almost equally between Muslims living mainly in the north and Christians in the south.
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People gather at the site of a blast at the Nyanya Motor Park, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the center of Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April 14, 2014. An explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Abuja before 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday as hundreds of people were traveling to work
People gathered at the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April. 14, 2014. An explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, before 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday as hundreds of people were traveling to work. Many are feared dead.
Injured victims of a bomb attack wait at the back of a pickup truck at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja, April 14, 2014
A nurse helps an injured bomb victim sitting at the back of a pickup truck at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja, April 14, 2014.
A policeman holds the hand of a man who lost his wife at the scene of a bomb blast at the Nyayan, in Abuja April 14, 2014.
Police officers gather the belongings of victims at the scene of a bomb explosion at Nyanyan, in Abuja April 14, 2014.
A bystander reacts as she sees victims of a bomb blast arriving at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014.
Bomb experts gather evidence at the scene of a bomb blast at Nyanyan in Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014
Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014
A piece of paper lies on the ground at the scene of a bomb blast explosion at Nyanyan, Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014.
Burnt and damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of the bomb blast explosion at Nyanyan, Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014.
People gather at the site of a blast at the Nyanya Motor Park, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the center of Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April 14, 2014
People gather near the site of a blast at the Nyanya Motor Park, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the center of Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April 14, 2014. An explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Abuja before 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday as hundreds of people were traveling to work