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UPDATE 1:15 p.m. EDT: Police are now saying there are 21 people dead in the explosion, the Associated Press tweeted:
BREAKING: Police say 21 dead and 17 injured in mall explosion in Nigerian capital of Abuja.
â€” The Associated Press (@AP) June 25, 2014
UPDATE 1 p.m. EDT: The death toll in the Abuja bomb blast has risen to 10, Reuters reported.
"I heard a loud blast, it shattered the windows of the shop. We ran out. A lot of people ran too, some with blood stains," a witness told the news wire service.
UPDATE 12:39 p.m. EDT: At least eight people were killed in the explosion, according to Sky News.
An explosion was reported Wednesday by witnesses in the vicinity of a busy market in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, the BBC reported.
There were injuries from the explosion, but no other details were immediately available. Some Twitter accounts shared photos of what they said was a bomb blast in Abuja’s Emab Plaza:
Abuja bomb Update... security agents in attendance. pic.twitter.com/3lhANme7bS
â€” APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) June 25, 2014
â€” P. analyst (@Hoe_ly_angel12) June 25, 2014
The Abuja explosion comes just two days after a blast at a medical school in Kano, in northern Nigeria, killed eight people.