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Death toll rises to 40 after attacks hit newspaper offices in Nigeria

(Xinhua)

09:24, April 27, 2012

LAGOS, April 26 (Xinhua) -- At least 40 persons could be killed when powerful coordinated explosions hit a leading national newspaper in Nigeria, Thisday Newspaper's offices in central north Abuja and Kaduna state on Thursday, rescue officials and witnesses told Xinhua.

The medical director of Safelive Foundation Hospital in Abuja, who is also part of the rescue team Abisola Fernades told Xinhua that about 37 dead bodies were being taken away by emergency workers deployed in the area.

State police spokesperson in northern Kaduna, Aminu Lawan told Xinhua that three lives were lost and several others injured in the attack.

A Xinhua reporter in the restive city said there was an explosion, and men of the anti-bomb squad of the state police command had been mobilized to where the incident occurred.

Xinhua's reporters in the Nigerian capital said suicide bombers attacked Thisday Newspaper's office in Abuja by ramming a vehicle into the premises of the company.

Earlier, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson Yushau Shuaib told Xinhua that the agency had mobilized its workers and other security agencies on a rescue mission to the scenes of the explosions.

"Another explosion occurred in Kontagora Road by Ahmed Bello Way in Kaduna State at a building housing some media houses which included Thisday, The Sun and The Moment," he added, noting that response officers were prompt as they were able to contain the situation.

There is no immediate claim of responsibility from any group.

Security and officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has cordoned the scenes where the explosions occurred.

The country's fundamentalists had laid a siege on northern part of Nigeria with incessant bomb explosions and killings, forcing residents to flee to other parts of the West African country believed to be safe.

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