NYANYA SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK : AT LEAST 71 KILLED, 124 INJURED IN NIGERIA BLASTS

PHOTO CREDIT: XINHUA/NIU XIAOXI

ABUJA, April 14 (Xinhua)

At least 71 people were killed and 124 others sustained injuries in the morning explosion which rocked a large motor park in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, Nigerian emergency authority and police said on Monday.

Frank Mba, spokesperson of the Nigerian police, said the casualties figures were obtained from hospitals and other health facilities where injured people are currently receiving treatment.

“Sixteen luxury buses were torched and scores of other vehicles were damaged,” Mba told reporters at the place of the incident, as emergency workers continued to comb the area in search of victims.

According to eyewitnesses, a suicide
bomber drove a red-color station wagon into Nyanyan Motor Park, located on the outskirts of Abuja, and detonated the bombs which directly hit some luxury buses and other vehicles in the garage.

Earlier, Manzo Ezekiel, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency said the blast affected mostly workers and commuters around the buses.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials blamed the
explosion on Boko Haram, a sect which has proved to be a major security threat in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.

Nigeria, with a population of approximately 170 million, is facing
major security challenges which are
crippling economic activities in some
states. The northern part of the country is plagued by violence, including attacks by the Boko Haram sect. The southern part is said to be a hub of criminal activities including oil theft or bunkering, kidnap and armed robbery attacks.

Communal clashes often paralyze
commercial activities in the central state of Plateau, which shares borders with many northern states, whereas pockets of violence in the north central state of Benue are mostly attributed to herdsmen.

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26 Responses to NYANYA SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK : AT LEAST 71 KILLED, 124 INJURED IN NIGERIA BLASTS

  1. beegeagle says:

    PRESIDENT JONATHAN VISITS SITE OF SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK

    RADIO NIGERIA
    14 April, 2014

    President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday
    visited the scene of a fatal bomb
    explosion that left no fewer than 75 dead and many others severely injured.

    Speaking at the scene, the President
    urged Nigerians to be more observant of
    the activities around them. Jonathan, who was accompanied by the Senate President, Sen. David Mark, underscored the need for the media and relevant government and private establishments to initiate security enlightenment programmes.

    While commending the security services for their prompt action, the President expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the incident. The explosion, which was heard some
    minutes before 7 a.m. on Monday,
    occurred at the popular El Rufai Park.

    Residents of the densely populated areas of Mararaba, Jikwoyi, Karu, Kpegeyi, Kurudu, One Man Village, New Karu and New Nyanya in Abuja are deeply shocked.

    Among the scores of people who lost
    their lives were Nigerians on their way to work, traders and commercial motorcycle riders and passersby. The park is terminus for the red and green luxury buses numbering up to 50 and scores of other passenger vehicles which belong to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    Eye witnesses said that most of the other vehicles around the premises were set ablaze as a result of the explosion. It is not yet clear how the bomb got into the park, but the suspicion is that it was planted by a suicide bomber.

    Some of the bodies were burnt beyond
    recognition, and several vehicles,
    including over 10 government-owned
    high capacity buses operated by the
    Abuja Mass Transit Company Limited,
    were destroyed by the blast. Several dead bodies and injured people
    littered the park.

    At the time of filing in this report, no
    official figure about the casualties has
    been given, but the police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Civil Defence,
    men of the Federal Fire Service (FFS) and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) were still battling to contain the situation.

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Beegs,
      Do the police have a new camo-based uniform?
      Is that the IG with a chest full of medals standing behind GEJ Aide-de-camp?

  2. peccavi says:

    Na crime scene all these people dey use leg march?

    • Are James says:

      The uninitiated man’s attitude is that it is clear that it is BH so need for investigation.
      To the expert in security, there is a treasure trove of evidence that is being trampled and erased now as we speak which could have pointed to; who, where from, what cell, how does that cell fit into the larger BH structure?.. et.c .
      Other questions like; what pattern is emerging from this?, what can be done to mitigate future attacks like this? All these questions could be answered from data gathered, analysed and the initial deductions
      Interestingly enough, there may also have been other BH spies watching the events unfold and reporting to base real time. Maybe unfortunately soon we get another video in the mail.

    • Augustine says:

      Police should have yellow tape cordoned off the area for forensics, but we get any tech to do any big forensic? 3rd world country.

  3. beegeagle says:

    USA DENOUNCE SENSELESS NIGERIA BOMBING

    PM NEWS
    14-4-2014

    The United States on Monday condemned a bomb attack on a packed bus station in Nigeria which killed 71 people, and called for a full investigation.

    “We are outraged by this senseless act of violence against innocent civilians,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, also condemning a series of attacks on three villages in Borno State over the weekend.

    The bomb, which also injured 124 people,rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja’s southern outskirts as it was filled with morning commuters, leaving body parts scattered across the terminal and destroying dozens of vehicles.

    President Goodluck Jonathan blamed
    Boko Haram militants for the attack, but
    Psaki called for a “full investigation to
    identify and bring justice to the perpetrators of these attacks.” “We continue to stand with the Nigerian
    government and people as they grapple
    with violent extremism,” she added.

    Washington was working with the
    Nigerian “government and its neighbors
    to address the growing threat of Boko
    Haram in a comprehensive manner,” Psaki said, but warned it was too early to say the attack had been carried out by Boko Haram.

    The United States designated Nigeria’s
    radical Islamist Boko Haram network and an offshoot known as Ansaru as terror groups in November, bowing to months of pressure to act.

    The State Department has offered a $7
    million reward for information leading to the arrest of Boko Haram leader
    Abubakar Shekau.

    II.

    UK CONDEMN ABUJA BUS STATION ATTACK

    PM NEWS
    14-4-2014

    The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary
    William Hague has condemned today’s
    bus station bomb attack at Nyanya in
    Abuja, which killed and injured many
    people.

    In a statement in Abuja, Hague said: “I
    was deeply saddened to hear of the bomb explosion in the east of Abuja. “I unreservedly condemn those responsible and hope they are swiftly brought to justice. “I offer the British government’s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury.”

    The UK foreign secretary reiterated that
    Britain would continue to work closely
    with the Nigerian government to help
    tackle the threat from terrorism.

    Meanwhile, the UK on Monday updated its travel advice on Nigeria, particularly the FCT, advising British Nationals to avoid the area concerned. “A bomb attack on a bus station in the Nyanya area of Abuja on Monday, 14 April, has resulted in a number of casualties; we
    advise British nationals to avoid the
    area.”

    The updated travel advice replaces the
    one issued on March 30 after the foiled
    jail break at the DSS headquarters in
    Abuja

  4. makanaky says:

    May the souls of all those that lost their lives rest in perfect peace, my summary is that BH is becoming very desperate to make a point as their options are becoming limited.
    They have not been able to put up a major hit in the last 10days, so they needed to do this.
    Its also clear they have a cell around Benue, Plateau, Niger state etc. as it is very difficult or almost impossible at this point to have brought the explosive from as far as Borno or Yobe state.

  5. beegeagle says:

    News Analysis: Nigeria’s bus station explosion: one killing too many

    Bosun Awoniyi
    LAGOS, April 14 (Xinhua)

    The wanton killing of over 70 persons in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city on Monday is the latest shocking reminder that the West African country is fast drifting into a state of anomie reminiscent of Thomas Hobbes state of nature where life is said to be nasty, brutish and short.

    Most of the affected people met their
    tragic end after a powerful bomb planted in a Volkswagen Golf car ripped through a packed bus station, killing 71 person and injuring some 123 people. Those injured were receiving treatment
    in hospitals within Nyanya and other
    parts of the Federal Capital Territory.

    About 16 luxurious buses were torched
    and 24 vehicles of assorted make were
    equally damaged. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the nature of the attack bears the signature of Boko Haram, an Islamist terror group operating from northeastern Nigeria. The sect has proved to be a major security threat in the West African country since 2009.

    The Abuja killing is tragic development
    signposts a violent campaign taken too
    far. And the question may be asked what
    end do perpetrators of this dastardly act
    actually want to achieve with the cold-
    blooded murder of these young,innocent and defenseless students?

    Again, another question that urgently begs an answer: What exactly is the ideology and rationale behind this kind of senseless and horrific killings? This is the time for all well-meaning Nigerians to stand up to condemn these barbaric killings before the nation slides into anarchy. It is no time for rhetoric and
    half hearted condemnation. The government must act decisively now.

    President Goodluck Jonathan should
    urgently initiate fundamental changes in the security strategy to end continuing civilian casualties and a climate of insecurity across the country. Nigerians have heard promises from this
    government before that it would take all
    possible steps to prevent bombing
    tragedies and citizens’ deaths and
    injuries.

    As a first step, the government must
    swiftly, transparently and thoroughly
    investigate the killings, make the
    findings public and bring anyone
    suspected to be involved to justice.Nigerians are reeling from so much loss,
    and this government should do everything possible to ensure that disasters like that of Nyanya Motor Park are not repeated.

    In another development, there appears to be more to the bloodletting in the West African country as the Boko Haram
    fighters continued their killing spree as
    they killed no fewer than 60 persons in
    Ngoshe and Kaigamari villages of northeast Borno State close to the border with Cameroon on Sunday.

    Before that, the suspected terrorists
    massacred more than 200 persons
    including students who were writing their Unified Tertiary Matriculation
    Examination (UTME) in Borno on Saturday. The terrorists also set ablaze many houses, shops, telecommunication masts and other property worth millions of naira.

    While the families of the victims try to
    come to terms with this brutal murder of their beloved innocent children, they may get scant comfort from the expected vacuous condemnation from officials of government at all levels which is the traditional response to the seemingly long serial of mindless killings of innocent Nigerians in recent time.

  6. Peccavi, he didnt say it wasnt either

  7. Colonel says:

    Its been a hard task trying to convine people that we need to support the president and the armed forces at this time. Asking the president to resign or apportioning blames wont soolve the current logjam. Boko haram is trying to send a message with this bombings. The sudden use of suicide bombers means they have gotten new recruits who have been infused with false doctrines. The security guys should watch out especially in the coming months. The army is pounding them in boorno and they are trying to use their cells outside the north eastern corridors to propagate destruction diverting attention from the north east and instilling fear that they can strike anywhere and anytime. Our people are falling for it and are beginning to get emotional about it. Some Biafran propagandists are using the opportunity to garner the support of the feeble minded. I think the attacks in plateau, benue and nassarawa within the last few weeks were carried out by cells within those axis under the guise of fulani herdsmen. To be frank, boko haram wants to prove a point and their tactics seem to be working for now. No matter their antics, Nigeria will survive this and defeat them. Its a matter of time!

    • peccavi says:

      Wetin Biafra get to do with this one oh Oga Colonel?

      I hinted at this in my last sitrep, the disappearance of Shekau and the upsurge in attacks in cameroun presage something, they have spent money reconstituting their cells and supply lines

  8. Augustine says:

    I warned last month that Boko is losing the face to face war with NA/NAF and the attrition rate is high for Boko, ability to do widespread open attacks being degraded rapidly, next thing I said was…watch out for a new wave of suicide bombings, as Boko will revert back to old tactics.

    Simple logic, only 1 to 5 men are needed to do suicide attack, unlike the 100 to 300 Boko men needed to attack maiduguri suburbs where the army and air force is ready to defend.

    Bad news for business in the biggest economy in Africa with highest GDP, many American and European nations have issued NO TRAVEL WARNINGS to their citizens against Nigeria today.

    Bad for business, we will see more Indian and Chinese investors than American and Europeans unless we stop this embarrassment in Abuja environ, and avoid a direct hit inside Abuja city center.

    South? If Boko tries it, the southerners will probably expel all northerners form their territory, OPC, Niger Delta Militants, MASSOB, have all warned the north to keep their Bokos in their backyard alone. This could damage national unity.

    Why should the attack succeed? Golf car as usual. That girl who escaped from Boko camp warned Nigeria publicly in newspapers last February/March that fifth columnists from Nigerian military come to Boko camp regularly to betray us by leaking information on our bases, barracks, troops movement and planned assault by NA/NAF, reason why we suffer lots of ambushes.

    The girl further warned Nigeria about Golf cars as the most common Boko attack and operational vehicle, are we deaf? Golf is cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, cheap on petrol, very fast, looks innocent, small enough to park in tight places, not easily noticed because it is a poor man’s horse.

    Chief of defense staff said Boko will be defeated this month….Boko has flown to the gate of Abuja.

    Golf car hit Abuja, the girl warned us but we are deaf as a nation, abi?

  9. ocelot2006 says:

    A bit off topic, in the video interview with the NSCDC counter-terror commander, did anyone else see the DSS agent armed with what looked like a Heckler & Koch MP5 SMG? ‘that they never had those in their inventory.

  10. Accounts so far suggest that the bombing was not carried out by suicide bombers

    • Augustine says:

      @camouflage1984 says:
      April 15, 2014 at 10:20 am
      Accounts so far suggest that the bombing was not carried out by suicide bombers.

      Bros, newspaper no dey circulate reach your area? Goodmorning sir! Read for free :

      “Four suicide bombers detonated IEDs.

      According to an eyewitness account, the attack was carried out by four insurgents in a Volkswagen Golf which was in the park.

      It was learnt that when the bombs were detonated, the insurgents opened the car and were running away but were killed along with travellers and other residents who were rushing to their places of work.

      Investigation further revealed that the explosion was a well-planned suicide attack on the FCT.

      A picture of the wreckage of the car showed one of the suicide bombers with a picture of a child believed to be his son placed on his stomach.

      The dead bomber’s body also had IED wires tied to his thighs.

      Security operatives and medical personnel also saw several charms on the body of the bomber.”

      http://www.punchng.com/news/sorrow-tears-as-abuja-blast-kills-89/

      • ”It was learnt that when the bombs were detonated, the insurgents opened the car and were running away but were killed along with travellers and other residents who were rushing to their places of work.” Quoting your reference, does it sound like suicide bombers to you? shouldn’t they have remained in the car if they were? Peradventure they changed their minds. LOL

  11. beegeagle says:

    TALK about the SSS taking delivery of MP5s has been on for 2 years. I would not know if that is true but it is gaining currency

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/aftermath-of-damaturu-battle-yobe-governor-attacks-boko-haram-says-they-are-not-muslims-•-jstf-praised-for-gallantry/

  12. doziex says:

    “The senate president, senator David Mark, underscored the need for the Media, relevant government agencies, and PRIVATE Establishments to initiate security awareness programs.”

    Our media houses are clueless in this regard.

    Our government agencies are overly secretive, and have not produced results.

    This leaves the PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTs AKA PMCs both foreign and domestic.

    THEY MUST BE JOINED IN THIS FIGHT.

    • asorockweb says:

      “Over 100 female students in our government secondary school at Chibok have been abducted,” Audu Musa, who teaches in another public school in the area, said.

      Why is the news coming from a different school’s official?

      Let’s see how this story develops, but right now, it’s a bit suspect.

  13. beegeagle says:

    Same old one..blue with a dash of white and black. The Police introduced their camouflage uniform in 2012, very shortly before the NN did theirs.

    see

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/nigeria-police-get-camouflage-uniform/

    Yes, that is the IGP…MD Abubakar

  14. Colonel says:

    Oga peccavi, just saying that some people are using the bombings to tell the igbo people about returning to the south east. That biafra is the solution for them. To me, it is a stupid assertion which makes no sense. This is one war Nigeria will win. When is what i dont know. The issue of fifth columnists is getting bigger everyday. Cant our intelligence fish out most of this guys covertly especially the ones who are at the top level and privy to the future operations of the NA/NAF? The abduction of 100 girls may be an indication of an increase in men, training and creation of more cells by the insurgents. More women to cook and warm their beds. I think security agents should take note of kaduna, bauchi and kano in the coming days/weeks. The boko haram guys do good tacticians telling them what to do.

    • peccavi says:

      There are secessionist rumblings all over the country.
      I think the kidnapping of women is (a) a terror tactic- reinforcing the narrative of education being a sin particularly for women (b) it demonstrates the impotence of the security forces (c) slave raiding is a nomadic tradition, from Sudan, Niger, Chad etc the nomadic mercs take women as slaves

  15. Adino says:

    My guts tells me this is no Boko Haram, I have this innate feelings that the red cap Kano state governor should be called to order. Sambo Gari bomb blast, Nyanya bomb blast, same of the same; same plan and same execution. Nigeria is at war within itself and their is a deadly force within fueled by hatred for the President and 2015 and propelled by their selfish Islamist agenda.

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