An early morning explosion that ripped through a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed at least 71 people and injured 124, police said.
The explosion at the Nyanya transit park destroyed 16 high-capacity buses and 24 minibuses, many of which were loaded with passengers, police said. There were a number of secondary explosions as vehicle fuel tanks ignited and burned.
Witnesses described a gory scene, with dismembered bodies scattered on the ground and people trapped in burning cars screaming for help.
“The issue of Boko Haram is temporary," he was quoted as saying by the Abuja-based Daily Trust newspaper. “We promise that we will get over it.”
An escalation in attacks by Boko Haram in the northeast of Nigeria and reprisals by security forces have killed at least 1,500 people this year, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
The militants also claimed responsibility for a 2011 suicide car bombing at the