Schools in Abuja closing for security

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Copy of NIG24_NIGERIA-BLAST-_0502_11 REUTERS A soldier and a paramilitary officer help to move part of a damaged car at the scene of a car bomb attack in Nyanya, Abuja. Photo: Afolabi Sotunde

Lagos - Nigeria's president is ordering all schools and non-essential government offices in the capital to close during an international conference as a precaution against terror attacks.

The order on Friday night follows a car bombing at a busy security checkpoint on Thursday that killed at least 19 people and wounded 66 in Abuja, the capital. The blast was near the site of an April 14 explosion that killed 75 people.

Abuja is hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa May 7-9 with international personalities, business and African leaders. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is guest of honor.

The bombings were blamed on the Islamic extremist Boko Haram terrorist network that has attacked schools and slaughtered hundreds of students. The militants are holding some 276 teenage girls abducted from a northeastern school April 15. - Sapa-AP

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