Deadly Blasts Outside Abuja

Deadly Blasts Outside Abuja

Two bomb blasts that ripped through the outskirts on Nigeria’s capital Abuja have left at least 18 people dead and 41 wounded, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

The explosions happened near the police station in Kuje and at a bus stop in Nyanya at about 10:30 PM (21:30 GMT), said NEMA spokesman Manzo Ezekiel.

“The death toll is now 18 because three people died in the hospitals this morning while 41 others were injured and are receiving treatment in the hospitals,” Dani Datti, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, told AFP news agency.

Kuje, near Abuja’s airport, is about 40km from the city center and seat of government.

The same bus station in Nyanya was hit twice last year. The first attack, on April 14, 2014, left at least 75 dead and was claimed by Boko Haram, the second, on May 1, left at least 16 dead.