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More than 80 Killed in Nigeria Bombings

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:43:54 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(KADUNA, Nigeria) -- More than 80 people were killed in twin bombings in northern Nigeria on Wednesday.

The attacks targeted a prominent Muslim scholar, Shaykh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, and may have also been aimed at former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari, according to reports from American officials.

The U.S. State Department extended its sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victims killed.

"We call on Nigerian authorities to fully investigate these attacks, and we urge all Nigerians to avoid reprisals and continue to practice the interfaith cooperation that violent extremists seek to undermine," Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement.

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