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ICC Note:
Monday morning an horrific sequence of bombs exploded in a bus terminal in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, killing 71 and wounding 134. In the immediate moments following the attack, numerous allegations charged Boko-haram, an Islamic insurgency listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, amongst others. New evidence including an analysis of the remains of the suspected bomber support these allegations. To many, the motive behind the bombing remains unclear; however, Christian rights groups has received information alleging the attack as having specifically targeted Christians traveling to and from families and friends for the celebration of a Easter holiday.
04/15/2014 Nigeria (VOA) – President Goodluck Jonathan visited the bus terminal on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, several hours after a bomb went off during Monday morning rush hour.
The president urged Nigerians to be vigilant about suspicious movements, and suggested Islamist militant group Boko Haram was behind the blast, although there has been no claim of responsibility.
“We console with our country men and women, we will continue to work very hard. The issue of Boko Haram attacks is quite an ugly history within this period of our own development. We will do everything to make sure that we move our country forward. These are unnecessary distractions that are pushing us backward.”
Police say at least 71 people died when the bomb went off at a bus station in the suburbs of the capital, Abuja, on Monday. Some analysts say the latest attack is a sign that Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have expanded their reach.

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