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Explosion rocks mall in Nigerian capital

People watched as smoke filled the sky after an explosion at a shopping mall in Abuja.

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People watched as smoke filled the sky after an explosion at a shopping mall in Abuja.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday and police say at least 21 people have been killed and 17 wounded.

Witnesses say body parts were scattered around the exit to Emab Plaza, in the upscale Wuse 11 suburb.

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Billows of black smoke could be seen from a mile away.

It is the latest in a series of violent attacks blamed on Islamic extremists. Nigerian security forces appear incapable of curtailing the near-daily attacks concentrated in the northeast, where Boko Haram extremists have their stronghold.

The militants increased their area of operations this year and spread their attacks to Abuja, in the center of the country. Two separate explosions in Abuja in April killed more than 120 people and wounded about 200 at a busy bus station. Both were claimed by Boko Haram, which has threatened further attacks.

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