21 Dead and 17 Injured After Violent Mall Bomb Attack In Nigeria
More trouble in the homeland as emergency crews responded to a Nigerian Mall after a bomb exploded killing 21 and injuring 17. (iambrianjames.com)
Via CBC News World reports:
An explosion rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and an emergency services source says at least 10 people have been killed.
Witnesses said body parts were scattered around the exit to Emab Plaza.
The explosion is the latest of a series of violent attacks suspected to be by Islamic extremists. Nigerian security forces appear incapable of curtailing the near-daily attacks by extremists in the northeast.
“This thing, it happened at peak time,” the source at the scene told Reuters, adding that scores of cars were also damaged in the blast.
Two separate explosions in April killed some 120 people in Abuja. Both were claimed by Boko Haram Islamic extremists who threatened further attacks.
A bomb at a medical college in northern Kano killed at least eight people Monday.
Boko Haram attracted international condemnation for the April mass abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls, and is blamed for this week’s abductions of another 90 people.
Nigeria’s military and government claim to be winning the war in the five-year-old insurgency but the tempo and deadliness of attacks has increased this year, killing more than 2,000 people so far compared to an estimated 3,600 killed over the past four years.
Boko Haram wants to install an Islamic state in Nigeria, a West African nation whose 170 million people are almost equally divided between Muslims who are dominant in the north and Christians in the south.
Praying for those families. It seems no matter what we do, we will never escape crazy senseless violence, but, I hope that one day we will be able to be safe in public.