Nyanya Explosion: 20 bodies given mass burial

File Photo: Scene of the Nyanya bomb blast

The bodies of over 20 victims of the Nyanya bomb blasts were on Saturday given a mass burial in an undisclosed location in Abuja.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the unclaimed corpses were removed from the Asokoro General Hospital mortuary at about 10 a.m. The bodies were loaded into body bags before they were taken away.

A source in the hospital who sought anonymity because she is not authorised to speak on the matter said the hospital authorities decided to bury the corpses because months after the incident, no one had come to claim them.

“Months after the bomb blasts, the corpses were not claimed. When it became obvious that the bodies might not be claimed, the authorities decided to bury them,” she said.

Nyanya, a populous suburb of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, was rocked by two different bomb explosions within two weeks. The first explosion occurred at the Nyanya Motor Park on April 14 killing 75 people while 124 others were injured. On May 1, another explosion occurred a few meters away from the first blast. Nineteen people were killed and 66 others injured in the second blast.

The explosions are believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram group whose insurgency has caused the death of over 13,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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