At Least 71 Dead in Nigerian Bus Station Bombing

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At Least 71 Dead in Nigerian Bus Station Bombing

Crowded station hit during morning rush hour

Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Bomb experts search for evidences in front of buses at a bomb blast scene at Nyanyan in Abuja April 14, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Two bomb explosions at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, have left at least 71 people dead and 124 people wounded.

The blasts took place during morning rush hour, and multiple eyewitnesses report dead bodies scattered around the site.

"I was waiting to get on a bus when I heard a deafening explosion, then saw smoke," Mimi Daniels, who endured minor injuries, told Reuters. "People were running around in panic."

"We have been able to bring some of the dead to the morgue and some injured have been taken to the hospital," said Charles Otegbade, head of search and rescue at the National Emergency Management Agency, according to Al Jazeera America.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, multiple western media outlets have cast suspicion on armed group Boko Haram.

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