The office for a major Nigerian newspaper has been bombed in the capital, officials said Thursday, and witnesses said another blast went off at the company’s office in Kaduna.
The explosion in Abuja occurred around 11:30 a.m. at the offices of ThisDay. An Associated Press reporter who heard the explosion said it was very large. Police and paramilitary forces have already surrounded the office.
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A statement from Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency said the explosion in Abuja was caused by a bomb planted inside the newspaper’s office. The statement said authorities did not believe it was a suicide bombing.
The blast occurred where ThisDay has its printing press in the capital, said spokesman Gbayode Somuyiwa. He said he had no other details about what was happening, and did not immediately know about Kaduna.
Witnesses said another blast in the city of Kaduna hit the offices there.
The main offices for ThisDay are in Lagos.