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Over 70 killed in Nigeria bus station explosions

DEVASTATION: Over 70 people have died in Abuja following two blasts (PA)

TWO EXPLOSIONS in Nigeria’s capital Abuja have resulted in the deaths of more than 70 people, according to authorities.

The bombs blasted through a crowded bus station in the outskirts of the city as commuters prepared to travel to work in the morning.

Dead bodies are said to be lying in the street, eyewitnesses said, while emergency services clear the scene.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram is the prime suspect for carrying out the attack, and no official responsibility has been taken for the double bombing.

Abuja Emergency Relief Agency head Abbas Idris told BBC News that 71 people are confirmed dead with 124 injured.

Police said 16 coaches and 24 minibuses were destroyed in the attack.

Ambulances are taking injured people to hospital, while police and other emergency services have been seen collecting body parts at the scene.

One eyewitness told the BBC: “I have never seen [anything] like that in my life. It was just terrible... We were just running helter-skelter. So somehow I think that they planted something inside one of the buses there.

“So there are many dead shot down at the scene of the accident. And as you can see now some of these casualties... we are hoping, we are praying they will be ok. We saw some ambulances bringing corpses to other hospitals.”

Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic state inside of Nigeria, has been blamed for thousands of deaths in the country and is currently engaged in a guerilla war against the army in the northeastern states.

Commenting on the deadly blasts, British foreign secretary William 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. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian government to help them tackle the threat from terrorism.”

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