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Deadly blast hits Nigerian capital


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Deadly blast hits Nigerian capital

A blast on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja has left at least 16 people dead.

The explosion hit the suburb of Nyanya, close to the site of a morning rush-hour bomb attack at a bus station last month that killed at least 75 people.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the blast.

Islamist group Boko Haram, which is waging an insurgency against the Nigerian government to carve out an Islamist enclave, said it was behind the bus station bombing and has threatened further attacks.

Boko Haram’s fighters have killed more than 1,500 civilians in three states in northeast Nigeria this year.

The blast comes a week before Abuja is due to host the World Economic Forum on Africa, an annual gathering which brings together international leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

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