Nigeria: Twin bomb blast hits Maiduguri, North East Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Two deafening explosions occurred on Sunday morning in a crowded area near Maiduguri’s main market, in North East Nigeria.

Though no one has claimed responsiblity for the blast, Boko Haram insurgents are suspected to be behind the attack.

Sources said that two blasts occurred in quick succession at about 8:48 a.m. after when a male and female suicide bombers detonated explosives near the popular market. Scores of people are feared dead.

The attacked area is one of the busiest places in Maiduguri and is usually crowded with commuters and pedestrians.

The Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer in Borno State, Mr Victor Isuku, confirmed the blasts.

Already, rescue workers are at the scene of the blasts and the areas have been cordoned off by security men.

The blast is coming two days after 56 persons were killed and 117 injured in twin blasts that hit Madagali Market, in Adamawa, North Eastern Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had described Friday's twin bomb blasts as a desperate last act by Boko Haram terrorists.

Presiden Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, stated that 'putting an end to this senseless loss of innocent lives remains a top priority of his administration. Over the past few weeks, the Nigerian military have made significant advancements in an offensive aimed at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram.

"This latest attack is obviously an act of desperation, but the Nigerian military will neither be distracted nor relent,”

In October, a blast ripped through a convoy of vehicles in the outskirts of Maiduguri, killing about 10 people.
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11 ديسمبر 2016 11:41:07




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