Pretoria - South Africa sent its “deepest condolences” to Nigeria on Monday after a bomb blast in Abuja that killed over 70 people.

“South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned,” the international relations department said in a statement.

“South Africa and Nigeria enjoy a close bilateral relationship that is structured under the Bi-National Commission (BNC) that was officially inaugurated in 1999.”

The French news agency AFP reported on Monday that a bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed 71 people and wounded 124, with the president blaming the attack on Boko Haram Islamists.

“We have a total of 71 dead and 124 others injured. (The wounded) are receiving treatment at hospitals within and around” Abuja, national police spokesman Frank Mba told journalists at the scene, AFP reported.

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