Blasts Near Nigerian Capital Abuja Leave Many Dead, Agency Says

Multiple explosions went off near the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Friday night causing many deaths and injuries, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

The blasts occurred in the Kuje and Nyanya districts, outside Abuja between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time, Manzo Ezekiel, a spokesman for the agency also known as NEMA, said in an e-mailed statement.

“The explosions, which occurred almost simultaneously, have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries,” he said. “Rescue operations coordinated by NEMA are still ongoing.”

Boko Haram Islamist militants have carried out gun and bomb attacks in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north and Abuja since 2009, in which thousands of people have died, in its bid to impose its version of Islamic law in Africa’s most populous country.

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