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Nigerian crash kills all 153 aboard

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Nigerian crash kills all 153 aboard

Nigerian crash kills all 153 aboard

People gather Sunday at the site of a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria. A passenger plane crashed in Nigeria’s largest city, killing all 153 people aboard, government officials said.

At least 15 die in suicide blast

BAUCHI, Nigeria — A suicide car bomber drove into a church compound in northern Nigeria Sunday and detonated his explosives as worshippers left an early morning service, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more, officials and witnesses said.

The bomber targeted the Living Faith church, in a neighborhood near the airport in Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state. The timed blast caught many people outside the church without any cover to protect themselves from the explosion, causing heavy casualties, witnesses said.

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 12:00 am

Updated: 5:58 am, Mon Jun 4, 2012.

Nigerian crash kills all 153 aboard

Associated Press |


LAGOS, Nigeria — A commercial airliner crashed into a densely populated neighborhood in Nigeria’s largest city on Sunday, killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground in the worst air disaster in nearly two decades for the troubled nation.

The cause of the Dana Air crash remained unknown Sunday night, as firefighters and police struggled to put out the flames around the wreckage of the Boeing MD83 aircraft. Authorities could not control the crowd of thousands gathered around to see the crash site, with some crawling over the plane’s broken wings and standing on a still-smoldering landing gear.

Harold Demuren, the director-general of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority, said all on board the flight were killed in the crash. Lagos state government said in a statement that 153 people were on the flight traveling from Nigeria’s central capital of Abuja to Lagos in the nation’s southwest.

Rescue officials feared many others were killed or injured on the ground, but no casualty figures were immediately available.

President Goodluck Jonathan later declared three days of national mourning in Africa’s most populous nation. Jonathan “prays that God Almighty will grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss,” a statement from his office read.

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Monday, June 4, 2012 12:00 am.

Updated: 5:58 am.

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