Explosion At Nigerian Shopping Mall Kills At Least 21 People

It is the third fatal attack in the country's capital in two months. This is a developing story.

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Police say at least 21 people are dead after an explosion at a shopping mall in an upscale suburb of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, the Associated Press reports.

Witnesses said body parts were scattered around the Emab Plaza exit. Adding to the casualties, a reporter for Nigeria's Premium Times stationed at the Maitama Hospital said at least at least 30 were injured.

An explosion has occurred at a major shopping mall, Emab plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja. Casualty figure not yet ascertained

Eric Ekwere@EricEkwere

An explosion has occurred at a major shopping mall, Emab plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja. Casualty figure not yet ascertained

11:35 AM - 25 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The explosion was reportedly at the gate of Emab Plaza, and occurred about 4 p.m. local time. Billows of black smoke were able to be seen a mile away.

Reports of a blast in the Wuse district of Nigeria's capital, Abuja @Gidi_Traffic @Omobola_MrsKay @KoloKennethK

Babajide Fadoju@BabajideFadoju

Reports of a blast in the Wuse district of Nigeria's capital, Abuja @Gidi_Traffic
@Omobola_MrsKay @KoloKennethK

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Sani Batti, information officer for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said emergency workers are still conducting search and rescue, the Premium Times reports. There is not yet a confirmed death toll.

This is the capital's third deadly explosion in two months. The extremist Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility.

Nigerian military had warned earlier this week of a planned attack in #Abuja (possibly using a fuel tanker)

Manji Cheto@ChetoManji

Nigerian military had warned earlier this week of a planned attack in #Abuja (possibly using a fuel tanker)

11:55 AM - 25 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bomb explosion rocks popular shopping mall, Emab Plaza, on Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse 2 in Abuja, Nigeria

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Bomb explosion rocks popular shopping mall, Emab Plaza, on Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse 2 in Abuja, Nigeria

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