Nigeria clamps down on security after UN bombing

By REUTERS
August 27, 2011 15:38

 
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Nigeria imposed a security clampdown on Abuja on Saturday, a day after a car bomb ripped through a UN complex in the capital, with authorities keeping an open mind on the perpetrators but suspicion focused on a local Islamist sect.

Armed soldiers patrolled Abuja's streets, searching cars at roadblocks across the city, which sits in the center of Africa's most populous nation where the mostly-Christian south and largely-Muslim north meet.

Authorities put the death toll at 19 following Friday's attack, when a car slammed through security gates of the United Nations office complex, crashed into the basement and exploded, sending vehicles flying and setting the building on fire.

So far there has been no confirmed claim of responsibility for the attack in which the car's driver was killed, possibly making the incident Nigeria's first suicide bombing.

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