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Friday, August 26, 2011

Bomb Blast Rocks United Nations Building Abuja, Nigeria

The suspected suicide attack managed to topple one wing of the building

At least 16 people were killed, according to the Nigerian Red Cross, when a car packed with explosives was detonated outside the United Nations' main office in Nigeria's capital this morning, flattening one wing of the building.

A UN official in Geneva said that the explosion was caused by a bomb, and initial reports suggest that it was a suicide attack and many more people are feared dead.

Witnesses said the vehicle was driven through one of the UN compound's gates and made its way close to the four-storey building before the explosion.

The final number of casualties at the Abuja building, which was also attacked by a car bomb last month, has not yet been determined - but the Nigerian Red Cross has confirmed that at least 16 are dead.

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