After his inspection Friday, the president urged Nigerians not to panic, saying “terrorist attacks” are affecting countries all over the world.
The radical Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for Thursday’s blast outside Nigeria’s national police headquarters in Abuja. The explosion was so powerful that it destroyed more than 30 cars.
Authorities blame the group for a string of deadly attacks in Nigeria’s north that have targeted police officers, government officials and other authority figures.
Also Thursday, a bomb went off in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, killing four children. Police said the children were playing nearby when the bomb went off inside a home in the town of Damboa. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.