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'At least 71 dead' in Nigeria bus station bombing

At least 71 people have died and 124 are injured after a bombing at a bus station in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, police said.

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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."

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