16 killed in bombing on UN building in Nigeria

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Red Cross says at least 16 people are dead after a car bomb attack on the United Nations' offices in Nigeria's capital of Abuja.

Umar Mairiga, the head of the organization's disaster management department, told The Associated Press that at least 11 others were injured.

Mairiga said he believes the casualty figure will be greater than that.

Witnesses told The Associated Press that a sedan broke through the exit at the U.N. compound, ramming through two separate gates as guards tried to stop the vehicle. Witnesses said the suicide bomber inside crashed the car into the main reception of the building before detonating, inflicting the most damage possible.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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