An explosion caused by a suspected car bomb ran through a crowded bus station in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Monday during morning rush hour at 6:30 am. According to police, at least 71 people were killed and 124 injured.
The explosion ripped through 24 minibuses and 16 luxury coaches. The bomb was planted in a Volkswagen Golf that was driven into the station and left alone.
President Goodluck Johnathon thinks that Boko Haram, the homegrown Islamist extremist group that has been attacking schools, government sites and people, was behind this.
Jonathan appeared close to tears over the victims as he toured the site after the blast. “Let us first express our collective condolence to the family of those who lost their lives…So far, we have a total of 71 persons dead and 124 others injured, and they are all receiving treatments at various hospitals,” he said.
Susan Eual, an assistant librarian at the MacArthur Foundation in Abuja, said that, “There are dead bodies scattered everywhere, and vehicles are on fire,” she said. “Everybody is afraid and staying at home.”
A police spokesman, Frank Mba, said that they are not certain yet who caused the explosion and they are still investigating. Emergency workers were still collecting casualty figures.
The explosion happened in a location less than 15 minutes away from President Goodluck Johnathon’s office, leading people to think this attack may have something to do with him.