(Vatican Radio) At least a dozen people are dead and 19 others injured after a car
bomb exploded in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, overnight.
The bomb exploded
near a security checkpoint across the road from a well-trafficked bus station where
an earlier attack conducted by the Islamic Boko Haram group killed at least 75 people
on April 14th.
Witnesses reported that a vehicle apparently laden
with explosives drove close to the checkpoint and exploded, and that a man exited
the vehicle and ran just before it blew up. A massive explosion and several smaller
ones followed in succession as other cars caught fire and fuel ignited.
report that the incident destroyed a total of six cars.
The attack took place
in the night between Thursday, May 1st, and Friday, May 2nd,
and came days before Abuja is to host the World Economic Forum on Africa.
Nigerian government is deploying 6 thousand police to provide security for the event,
scheduled for May 7th-9th, which draws leading figures in world
politics, business and academic and public policy to discuss Africa’s prospects for
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