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Posted on Monday, 14 April 2014 15:11

Boko Haram attacks Nigerian capital, Abuja

By Konye Obaji Ori

Nigerian security forces failed to prevent the deadly Monday attack by Islamist group, Boko Haram in the capital Abuja where over 40 people were killed and many more injured despite prior warning.

Rescue workers and police gathered body parts and ambulances rushed the wounded to hospital.


It affected quite a number of people because it was still very early in the morning and there was a lot of traffic

As residents of Abuja commuted to work in the early hours of Monday, a busy commuter bus station where people waited on buses, exploded.

Security personnel finally arrived to classify the area and a bomb detonation team combed it for secondary explosives.

Observers say the explosion came from a parked vehicle at about 6:45 a.m.

"It affected quite a number of people because it was still very early in the morning and there was a lot of traffic," National Emergency Management Agency Air Commodore Charles Otegbade told reporters.

Boko Haram have been threatening to attack the capital city.

The Monday morning explosions were Boko Haram's third major attack in Abuja.

Last week, Boko Haram suspects detained at the State Security Service headquarters in Abuja staged a failed jailbreak in which 21 detainees were shot and killed and two agents wounded.

In 2011, the group drove two explosives-laden cars into the lobby of the United Nations office building in Abuja and killed at least 21 people and wounded 60.

Security forces in Nigeria have found it hard to cope with the non-combat battle against Boko Haram.

The group uses human shields, their fighters blend in with regular civilians, and the organisation has substantial backing and funding to operate with impunity across the country.

Boko Haram has limited its attacks to the north and Abuja in the middle of the country.

Since January, it has killed close to 1,500 people.

Boko Haram's violent campaign poses the greatest threat to the cohesion and security of Nigeria.

With increasing activities in the capital city where the seat of government is situated, it is left to be seen how President Goodluck Jonathan's government would respond to the threat to security.

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