A suspected car bomb has killed at least 18 people in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, witnesses and emergency services say. Details are sketchy but reports said the blast happened in a commercial district of the city. The area has been the scene of a religious conflict in recent years that has claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

There had been warnings of attacks in the region over Easter. The explosion happened on a main road, close to restaurants, a hotel and at least one church. Many of the dead are thought to be motorcycle taxi drivers and beggars.

No one has yet admitted carrying out the bombing, but the BBC’s correspondent in Nigeria, Mark Lobel, says the radical Islamist group Boko Haram recently said it would carry out attacks in the area over the Easter holiday.

Source : citifmonline

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