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At least 21 dead in Nigeria explosion

At least 21 people have been killed and 17 were injured when an explosion tore through a crowded shopping district in the Nigerian capital Abuja during rush hour, police said.

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'Every step' taken to monitor insurgents in Nigeria

A government spokesman has said Abuja residents should remain calm tonight, saying that security agencies are now "handling the situation."

The latest explosion in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killed 21 and injured 17 people in a shopping complex.

Spokesman Mike Omeri told AP: "Every step is being taken by the government to check the activities of insurgents in the country."

Bodies of victims of a bomb blast are carried away from the scene in Abuja. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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