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Bomb attacks in Nigeria

AFTERMATH: The UN building in Nigeria's capital, Abuja

A UN building, two banks and two police stations have been attacked by terrorists in Nigeria today (Aug 26), the United Nations has said.

The attacks, thought to have been carried out by local Islamic group Boko Haram, happened within minutes of each other earlier this morning.

“I can confirm there was an explosion at the U.N. building,” a police spokesman in the capital, Abuja told Associated Press.

“We have deployed our policemen and anti-bomb squad. We can’t establish how many casualties [there are],” they spokesman added.

Within minutes of issuing this statement further explosions were reported in two banks and police stations in the north of the country.

BOMB: The remnants of a car used to bomb the UN building

Local media are reporting that at least ten people have been confirmed dead in the bomb blast at the UN building and at least 12 people reported dead following the blasts in the north. Many wounded are being rushed to the hospital.

Nigeria has been hit by a wave of bombings in recent years, claimed by a radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram, a group, which wants the establishment of Sharia Law in Nigeria.

In June a car bombing at police headquarters was blamed on the sect.

There has been no claim of responsibility for today’s attack, but the government has reportedly blamed the bomb attack on “terrorists”.

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