An bomb has exploded at rush hour at a busy commuter bus station near Abuja, killing at least 71 people and injuring more than 100 more.

The blast at Nyanya Motor Park destroyed more than 30 vehicles, and caused a number of secondary blasts as fuel tanks of nearby cars exploded.

Thick smoke billowed as a result of the blast, as emergency services rushed to the scene to treat survivors.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but many suspect the Islamist militant group Boko Haram to be behind the bomb.

The group seeks to create an Islamic state in Nigeria and continues to wage a bloody rebellion in the north east of the country. They have targeted schools, markets, and government installations in previous attacks, and have previously threatened to bring the bloodshed to the capital.

The attack comes after a bloody three days in Borno in the east of the country, where Boko Haram insurgents are reported to have massacred 200 students taking their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), and killed around 60 villagers from Kaigamari and Ngoshe.



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