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Monday, 4 February 2013

Nigeria's Finance Minister, Okonjo Iweala Targeted in a Letter Bomb Attack

A tragic Monday in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was averted at the premises of the Nigerian Postal Service located at Area 10, when a suspicious parcel believed to be containing Improvised Explosive Device was diffused.

The parcel according to an eyewitness was said to have been brought in on Saturday for posting and addressed to the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, but the suspicious nature of the parcel prompted the postal personnel on duty to alert the police anti bomb squad who later diffused it Monday morning.

Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service and the Police Anti Bomb Squad arrived the premises at about 11:45 am to screen for possible discovery of other parcels, shortly after diffusing the initial one.

However, the Postmaster General, Ibrahim Baba Mori told journalists that someone deposited the parcel near a vendor stand outside NIPOST premises and said he was coming back, but never showed up.

He said at that instance, the vendor alerted the post office authorities, who in turn invited the security agencies to inspect the package.

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