ABUJA, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen were killed and 40 more others injured here on Friday in the car bomb blasts which occurred near the National Day parade in this capital city of Nigeria, police confirmed to Xinhua.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) group spokesperson Jomo Gbomo issued a warning on Friday.
"With due respect to all invited guests, dignitaries and attendees of the 50th independence anniversary of Nigeria being held today, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at the Eagle Square Abuja, the MEND is asking everyone to begin immediate evacuation of the entire area within the next 30 minutes. This warning expires after 10: 30," the statement said.
"Several explosive devices have been successfully planted in and around the venue by our operatives working inside the government security services," it added.
Nigeria celebrated on Friday the 50th anniversary of independence with a military parade, among others.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, in a nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria's 50th Independence Anniversary, called Oct. 1, 1960, a great day for the citizens of the West Africa nation.
He urged Nigerians to value freedom as something incredibly precious.
The Nigerian leader assured the nation of committed and visionary leadership that would place Nigeria in its rightful position in the comity of nations.