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Taraba Blast Death Toll in Nigeria Now 11, Red Cross Says

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April 30 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll in an explosion in Nigeria’s Taraba state capital today has risen to 11, Umar Waziri, a Nigeria Red Cross coordinator in the state, told reporters today.

The bomber ran into a convoy of the state police commissioner in Jalingo and three people, including the bomber, were killed instantly, said Ibiang Mbaseki, a spokesman for the state’s police.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks and bombings in the mainly Muslim north and Abuja that have claimed the lives of hundreds of people since 2009 in Africa’s top oil producer.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ardo Hazzad in Bauchi at ahazzad@bloomberg.net; Gbenga Akingbule in Maiduguri at gakingbule@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net