Boko Haram strike in Abuja: Over 70people dead

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Bomb blast occurred in the Nyanya Motor Park being used by Abuja Urban Mass Transit Company (AUMTCO). AUMTCO use the park to carry passengers from the park to Berger Junction in Wuse, and from the park to Area One in Garki. Other private operators use the park to carry to such destinations like Lagos, Kaduna, Kano and other Northern States. There are other operators that ply between the park and Zuba.
The blast that ripped through the motor park occurred around 6.45am, local time. An eye witness said a Golf car drove into the park from Mararaba with four passengers and stopped in front of five AUMTCO buses loading Wuse bound passengers. When the Volkswagen Golf drive challenge for parking in front the vehicles that were about to take off, he pleaded with them to allow him look for change to settle his passengers. Pronto, he disappeared and in less than a minute the red Golf exploded, killing scores of people ranging from; ticket vendors, hawker, commuters, and drivers to food vendors. Worst hit was the area where vehicles belonging to private operators were parked.
A total of 16 luxurious buses belonging to AUMTCO and 24 minibuses belonging to private operators were affected. This was confirmed to newsmen by Police PRO. Frank Mba. The blasts at the Nyanya , a Gateway town between FCT and the neighboring Nasarawa State killed 71 people and injured 124 others, revealed to newsmen by Frank Mba of Nigerian police.
In a very short speech President Goodluck Monday assured the nation that the Boko Haram threat was just a temporary setback, promising that the Country would triumph over the terrorists.
Injured and dead victims were taken to nearby Nnanya General Hospital, Asokoro hospital and the National hospital. At Asokoro General Hospital, the Chief Medical Director, Ahmadu Abubakar confirmed that 27 dead bodies were brought to the hospital with 25 others receiving treatment for various degrees of injuries. Staff of the hospital were later heard announcing that they needed blood donors from among the crowd that gathered for transfusion on some patients.

 

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