Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists.
The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people on the outskirts of Abuja, hours before gunmen kidnapped 129 girls from a school in northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram's base.
Forty-four of the girls have since escaped and are now safe, officials said.
The bombing and the kidnapping, which have been condemned worldwide, have underscored the serious threat posed by the insurgents to Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.
"We are the ones who carried out the attack in Abuja," Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in video message obtained by AFP.
"We are in your city but you don't know where we are."
Shekau, declared a global terrorist by the United States which has a $7 million (5.1 million euro) bounty on his head, spoke in Arabic and the Hausa language that is dominant in northern Nigeria, with a Kalashnikov resting on his left shoulder.