Three killed in Nigeria bomb blast

13:35, July 11, 2011      

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Three persons were feared dead on Sunday afternoon, following a bomb explosion that occurred on Church Road, Suleja in outskirts of capital city of Abuja, the police said.

The bomb blast, the third of such incident in Suleja this year, occurred around 3 p.m. local time, causing extensive damage to some houses in the area.

State police spokesperson Richard Oguche confirmed the incident and casualties to reporters in Minna, Niger State capital, saying several others sustained varying degrees of injury.

The bodies of those confirmed dead had been deposited in the mortuary, he added.

The first bomb blast in Suleja, which occurred at a political rally on March 3, killed seven persons, while the second explosion, which occurred at the electoral commission's office on April 8, killed 11 persons.

Meanwhile, state governor Babangida Aliyu condemned the bomb blast that occurred in Suleja on Sunday afternoon as a terrorist act, vowing that the perpetrators would not go unpunished.

The governor said the bombing was an act of terrorism, which was the third in the state this year.

Aliyu stressed that the attack was inhuman, wicked and an attempt to intimidate law-abiding citizens of the state.

He urged the people not to be intimidated by the act of these agents of darkness.

Aliyu gave the assurance that the state government, in collaboration with security agents, would ensure that those responsible for the act were apprehended and punished according to the laws of the land.

He condoled with the families of the deceased, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss, while granting the deceased eternal rest.

He also pledged to pay for the treatment of the injured.

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