Official: Explosion in central Nigeria kills 7

Associated Press
Men struggle to put out the flames as a fire engulfs an auto parts market in Kaduna, Nigeria on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Emergency officials say at least seven people died in the explosion Wednesday morning in the central Nigerian city that straddles the divide between the country's largely Christian south and Muslim north. Police said they continued to investigate the blast. (AP Photo/Emma Kayode)
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KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Emergency officials say at least seven people are dead after an explosion in an auto parts market in a central Nigerian city.

A spokesman for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, Yushau Shuaib, said the dead included a three-year-old child. Officials say the explosion happened Wednesday morning in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna state.

Kaduna state police commissioner Bala Nasarawa said investigators are looking at the cause of the blast, which occurred near cylinders of natural gas.

Kaduna, on Nigeria's dividing line between its largely Christian south and Muslim north, was at the heart of postelection violence in April.

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