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Nigeria: '234 girls missing' after school kidnap

A soldier examines a wall riddled with bullets, from an attack by Boko Haram militants earlier this year. Credit: Reuters

Confusion is mounting in the wake of a school kidnapping in Nigeria after local government officials have admitted 234 girls were taken by Islamic extremists - more than the 85 reported last week.

The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town. Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234.

Security officials warned governor Kashim Shettima that it was too dangerous for him to drive to Chibok, 80 miles from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital and birthplace of the Boko Haram terrorist network blamed for the abductions.

State education spokesman Musa Inuwo Kubo and the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School initially said that 129 science students were at the school to sit a physics exam when the abductors struck a week ago.

More: Islamic insurgency in Nigeria 'has been escalating'

Nigeria to host World Economic Forum despite Abuja bomb

Nigeria will continue to host the World Economic Forum in Abuja despite yesterdays bomb attack that killed 71.

Nigeria has pledged that they will put together the "largest security operation ever mounted in the country for an international summit" to protect guests - Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a statement sent to forum participants.

People gather after a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Nyanyan, Abuja. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 7-9 May 2014.

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US 'stands with Nigeria' to tackle 'violent extremism'

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. Credit: RTV

Washington has condemned the bombings at a bus station in Nigeria, which killed at least 71 people. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States stood with the Nigerians as they grapple with "violent extremism".

"We are outraged by these senseless acts of violence against innocent civilians," Psaki told a regular news briefing.

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Islamic insurgency in Nigeria 'has been escalating'

The director of US charitable institution the MacArthur Foundation's Abuja office has said that it is "no big surprise" that there was a bomb attack on a bus station in Nigeria.

Bystanders react as victims of a bomb blast arrive at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja Credit: Reuters

Although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility to the bomb blast, suspicion has fallen on the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Kole Shettima said: "The situation has been escalating. It's a statement that they are still around and they can attack Abuja when they want, and instill fear."

Buses 'were filled up' at the time of Abuja bomb attack

An eyewitness claimed that hundreds may have been killed in a bomb explosion at a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital.

Abuja resident Anthony Adikwu said: "What I saw is that there are about five hundred, more than five hundred people because the El Rufai buses were all filled up and [there were] about seven to eight buses".

Read: Many dead after bomb rips through Nigerian bus station

Nigeria bus station bomb 'came from within a vehicle'

The director of the National Emergency Management Agency's search and rescue operation has said that the nature of a bomb explosion, that killed at least 71 people at a bus station in Nigeria, came from within a vehicle.

Charles Otegbade said: "The explosion came from inside a vehicle and it affected quite a number of people".

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Nigeria's president condemns bus station attack

The issue of Islamic insurgency in Nigeria is temporary, the country's president said after a morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a bus station on the outskirts of the capital.

Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan pictured in 2012. Credit: Hannibal Hanschke/DPA/Press Association Images

President Goodluck Jonathan pointed the finger at Boko Haram, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility from the Islamist militants who are mainly active in the north east.

Read: Islamist group suspected in bombing of Abuja bus station

Visiting the scene, Jonathan denounced "the activities of those who are trying to move our country backwards" by staging such an attack. "We will get over it [...] The issue of Boko Haram is temporary," he said, imploring Nigerians to be more vigilant in the face of suspicious characters.

Islamist group suspected in bombing of Abuja bus station

Although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility to the bomb blast, suspicion has fallen on the Islamist group Boko Haram.

People gather after a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Nyanyan, Abuja. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

The Islamists, who want to carve an Islamic state out of Nigeria, have in the past year mostly concentrated their attacks in the northeast, where their insurgency started.

Injured arrive at hospital after bomb kills 71 in Nigeria

A morning rush-hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station near the capital on Monday, over 124 others were seriously wounded.

A policeman holds the hand of a man who lost his wife at the scene of a bomb blast. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Bomb experts gather evidence at the scene of a bomb blast at Nyanyan. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
A nurse helps an injured bomb victim at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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