NIGERIA

Group says it was behind deadly blast

Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion last week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

"We are in your city, but you don't know where we are," Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, says in a new video that threatens more attacks.

"Yes, we are the ones who carried out the attack in Abuja," he says in Nigeria's Hausa language in the video, which was received through the same channels as previous ones.

Shekau makes no mention of the abductions of more than 100 girls and young women from a remote school hours after the bomb blast, also blamed on his fighters.

Officials say dozens of the girls have managed to escape, but 85 remain unaccounted for.

Monday's explosion was the first attack in two years on the capital. - AP
EGYPT

Ancient pens found

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts, including reed pens and a bronze inkwell. Mohammed Ibrahim said the writing utensils were found next to a well-preserved mummy. He said the writer, who belonged to the pharaohs' priest class, would have had a "great impact on the intellectual and cultural life of the era." The tombs date to roughly 600 B.C. - AP
YEMEN

Drone strike kills 12

A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaeda militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group. A Yemeni military official said a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in al-Bayda province was hit as a car carrying civilians passed by. - AP