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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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Nigerian blast death toll rises to 21 in Abuja

The death toll following an explosion in Nigeria has climbed to 21, police have said.

17 others were wounded after the blast tore through a shopping district in Abuja during rush hour.

The explosion rocked an area near the popular Banex Plaza. Credit: AP

Police spokesman Frank Mba told reporters: "After a preliminary investigation we can confirm that 21 people were killed and 17 injured."

It is unclear who is responsible for the explosion at this stage.

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