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Years of terror in Abuja

15 April 2014, 06:36

Abuja - A bombing on Monday at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, which police said left 71 people dead and another 124 injured, was the most deadly bombing carried out to date in the capital.


- October 1: Two car bombs kill at least 12 people during Independence Day celebrations, in the first such attack in the capital. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which says it is fighting for a fairer distribution of oil revenu, claims responsibility for the attack.


- April 8: A bomb blast at an electoral office at Suleija, near Abuja, kills 13 and injures dozens more hours before Nigeria begins parliamentary polls.

- May 29: A series of explosions follow the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan, including bombs that ripped through a crowded beer garden in Abuja suburbs, causing minor injuries.

- August 26: A car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in Abuja kills 26 people. The attack is claimed by radicalgroup Boko Haram.

- December 25: A series of attacks on Christmas church services as well as police targets, leave at least 49 people dead, including the suicide bomber. The worst attack, which kills 44 people, takes place outside a Catholic church in Madalla, an Abuja suburb. Boko Haram claims responsibility.


- April 26: A suicide attack at the Abuja bureau of a top newspaper -- and an attempted car bombing at another of its offices -- kills nine people, including the attacker, in the first such strike on the country's media.


- April 14: A blast at a station packed with morning commuters at Nyanya, on the southern outskirts of Abuja, kills 71 people, according to police.

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