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Thursday
Jun162011

Explosion in Nigerian Capital Kills At Least Two

ABC News Radio(ABUJA) -- On Thursday, a suspected suicide bomber died in an explosion at the police headquarters in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

According to NEXT, a car that was following the convoy of Inspector General of Police Hafiz Ringim into the headquarters parking lot exploded after a traffic warden redirected it away from the convoy.

Two people including the warden are confirmed dead. The number of fatalities is expected to rise; dozens were injured and the number of people who were in the parking lot at the time of the explosion is unknown. A Red Cross spokesperson informed the BBC that they recovered four bodies at the scene. Police said at least 33 cars were destroyed and 40 others received minor damage.

No group has claimed responsibility, however, BBC reports that officials say they believe that Islamist group Boko Haram is involved. The group claimed responsibility for bombings on the day of President Goodluck Jonathan's inauguration in May. On Tuesday, the Nigerian police chief said he would send more troops to the group's base in the north of the country.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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