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18 Killed In Bomb Blasts In Nigeria’s Capital, Breaking A Year Of Peace In The City

Two explosions in Abuja late Friday marked the first time the capital had been under attack since June 2014.

Posted on October 3, 2015, at 2:35 p.m. ET

Two bomb blasts in towns on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, late Friday killed at least 18 and left 41 injured, a government official told Reuters, shattering more than a year of peace in the city.

Gbenga Olamikan / AP

National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Manzo Ezekiel told Reuters that the first explosion in Kuje went off near a police station.

Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

The next blast in the town of Nyanya detonated near a bus stop. The same crowded area was under attack in April and May last year in attacks in which more than 90 people were killed.

BuzzFeed News has contacted the government agency for more information on Friday's attacks.Authorities have not made any accusations as to who was responsible for the bombings, but suspicion will immediately fall on Boko Haram, the Islamist group fighting the government in the country's north-east.
Gbenga Olamikan / AP

BuzzFeed News has contacted the government agency for more information on Friday's attacks.

Authorities have not made any accusations as to who was responsible for the bombings, but suspicion will immediately fall on Boko Haram, the Islamist group fighting the government in the country's north-east.

On Saturday, President Mohammadu Buhari tweeted his condolences to the victims of Friday's attacks.

"My heart goes out to the families of the dead and injured in Abuja, and other parts of the country." -Pres @MBuhari

Abuja was last bombed on June 25, 2014, when 22 people died in an explosion at a popular shopping center in the Wuse district.

Bomb blast from June, 25, 2014, in Abuja.
Olamikan Gbemiga / AP

Bomb blast from June, 25, 2014, in Abuja.

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