[ 2012-05-17 ]
'Robbers' killed in Nigerian blast
At least two suspected armed robbers have been
killed after an explosive device they were
carrying went off in Nigeria's oil capital, Port
Harcourt, police say.
A BBC reporter at the scene says the passenger
minibus they were travelling in has been
Two more people are in hospital in a critical
The police chief said there was no reason to
suspect the blast was linked to Islamist militant
group Boko Haram.
Boko Haram has staged numerous attacks across
northern Nigeria but has not targeted the
country's oil industry, based in the south.
Other militant groups used to carry out frequent
attacks on the oil industry in Port Harcourt and
the surrounding region but many have now joined a
government amnesty and the area has been
relatively calm recently.
The BBC's Abdul Mohammed Isa, in Port Harcourt,
says the explosion happened close to the city
centre and there are large crowds of people
looking at the scene.
Source - BBC
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