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Car bombs in Nigeria leave at least 118 people dead

By Marcina Zaccaria,

On Wednesday, police in Nigeria are still searching for victims after a bomb exploded in a crowded marketplace. The bombing left 118 people dead, including women and children who were vendors and shoppers at a local market.

Mohammed Abdulsalam of the National Emergency Management Agency told the Associated Press, "We expect to find more bodies in the rubble."

This follows a number of bomb blasts in Nigeria this year. On Monday a car bomb killed 24 people. The people died in the Christian quarter of the northern Muslim city, Kano. Blasts in April also rattled by-standers at a bus station in Abjua.

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja condemned the bombing on Tuesday, saying that the US is helping Nigeria to "grapple with violent extremism."

President Goodluck Jonathan is saying that it is likely that the Boko Haram terrorist network caused Tuesday's attack. He has told Nigerians that their government "remains fully committed to winning the war against terror." He announced heightened measures to prevent insurgency, according to Reuters.

This year, it is calculated that 2,000 people were killed by the bombings in Nigeria. Through this tense situation, Nigerian citizens are looking for the voices of those who are calm.

 

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