Entries in Abuja (4)


Passenger Plane Crashes into Building in Lagos, Nigeria

EMMANUEL AREWA/AFP/GettyImages(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A passenger plane crashed into a building in a densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, likely killing all 153 people on board.

The Boeing MD-83 of Dana Air came down near Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Sunday.  Pilots had radioed to air traffic control reporting engine trouble, a military official said.

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency said that they are unsure of the number of people that were injured or killed.  It is feared that all 153 people on board the aircraft died.

"The fear is that since it happened in a residential area, there may have been many people killed," said Yushau Shuaib, a spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency.

The Dana Air plane was reportedly flying from Abuja, the nation's capital, to Lagos when the accident occurred.  The head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said he doubted there would be any survivors in the crash.

Thousands of people were reportedly drawn to the crash, many to help any survivors out of the smoke and burning debris.

At the time the aircraft went down, the weather was overcast but there were no storms.  Authorities are investigating.

The crash was the worst in Nigeria in over two decades.

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US Embassy in Nigeria Warns of Possible Attacks in Abuja

ABC News Radio(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- On Saturday, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria issued an emergency message warning U.S. citizens of possible terror attacks in the country's capital of Abuja.

The warning comes a day after bomb and gun attacks in Damaturu in Yobe State which left dozens dead and scores injured. The Islamic sect known as Boko Haram carried out the deadly attacks and are believed to have recently attacked neighboring Borno State.

The U.S. embassy warned of possible attacks at hotels in Abuja including Nicon Luxury, the Sheraton Hotel, and the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The embassy cancelled scheduled events in the possible target locations and advised citizens to avoid the hotels.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the Damatur attack and further attacks may be planned as Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks and called for an end to the violence and reiterated, "his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence."

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Nigeria Bombing 'Horrific and Cowardly,' President Obama Says

A crowd looks on as rescue teams work in the debris of the United Nations House in Abuja on August 26, 2011.Henry Chukwuedo/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday condemned what authorities believe was a suicide car bombing at a United Nations building in the Nigerian capital of Abuja that claimed at least 18 lives.

BBC News reports a spokesman for the Islamist organization Boko Haram took credit for the attack in a telephone call with the UK news outlet.

Here is the full statement from the president:

I strongly condemn today’s horrific and cowardly attack on the United Nations headquarters building in Abuja, Nigeria, which killed and wounded many innocent civilians from Nigeria and around the world.  I extend the deepest sympathies of the American people to the victims and their families, colleagues, and friends, whom we will keep in our thoughts and prayers.

The people who serve the United Nations do so with a simple purpose: to try to improve the lives of their neighbors and promote the values on which the UN was founded -- dignity, freedom, security, and peace.  The UN has been working in partnership with the people of Nigeria for more than five decades.  An attack on Nigerian and international public servants demonstrates the bankruptcy of the ideology that led to this heinous action.

The United States strongly supports the work of the United Nations and its lasting bond with the people of Nigeria, a bond that will only emerge stronger in the wake of this murderous act.

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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.

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