Rescue workers carry the remains of a person in a body bag after an explosion at a shopping mall in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)
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A bombing blamed on Boko Haram in the heart of Nigeria's capital has renewed fears of a worsening Islamist insurgency as security forces struggle to prevent attacks stretching from remote villages to the seat of government.Wednesday's blast killed at least 21 people, shaking the crowded Emab Plaza in downtown Abuja during the afternoon rush as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of the country's World Cup match against Argentina.The attack underlines the broader decline in security in Nigeria's capital, which had been spared Boko Haram violence for nearly two years prior to the April 14 attack.The Boko Haram insurgency has received unprecedented global attention in recent weeks following the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, which sparked worldwide outrage.If their involvement is confirmed, this week's attack would suggest Boko Haram has the ability to bypass security "even in the most well-guarded of areas", said Ryan Cummings, a South Africa-based security analyst for Red 24 .
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