A blast on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital Abuja killed several people on Thursday, according to witnesses and hospital sources.
An apparant car bomb exploded in the suburb of Nyanya near the site of an April 14 bomb attack that killed at least 75 people during the morning rush hour at a bus station.
At one hospital, a correspondent from Agence France-Presse reported seeing nine bodies that had been brought from scene of the attack. A hospital worker said he counted at least nine bodies ferried by ambulance to Asokoro General Hospital, according to the Associated Press.
“There was a loud blast then a ball of fire,” Lateef Adebayo, a witness, told Reuters by telephone. “There were many dead bodies and ambulances were rushing there.”
Another witness, Joe Udofia, said there was a “deafening explosion, then the area near Nyanya Bridge was on fire. There were many people in the vicinity.”
No group claimed credit for the blast. The religiously conservative armed group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the April 14 bombing and threatened further attacks. The group is waging an insurgency against the government to carve out an Islamic administration in Africa’s largest oil producing country.
The blast came a week before Abuja is due to host the World Economic Forum on Africa, an annual gathering which brings together international leaders, policy makers and entrepreneurs.
Nigeria’s government had announced a major security operation to protect the capital during the forum.