Scores feared killed in Nigeria's market attack

Cheryl Sanders
August 16, 2017

Maiduguri, A local official in Nigeria's northeastern village of Mandarari says 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists at a camp near a market.

"The first bomber struck outside the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp overlooking the market around 6 p.m".

Three female suicide bombers detonated themselves in a busy marketplace in Konduga village and a refugee camp in the town of Mandarari in Borno, CNN quoted civilians as saying.

Ibrahim Liman, a leader of the civilian militia involved in the fight against jihadists, has confirmed the triple bomb attack, adding that "more than 80 injured were taken to hospital in Maiduguri", a big town in north-eastern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has waged an eight-year-war to create an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

Nigeria's military past year wrested back large swathes of territory from the Islamist insurgents.

The news channel quoted a medic from a hospital in Maiduguri as saying that 28 people were killed at the explosion site, while two others died after being taken to a hospital. Boko Haram provoked global outrage by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls - internationally known as the Chibok Girls - in April 2014.

Its better-known faction, led by Abubakar Shekau and based itself mainly in the sprawling Sambisa forest, has been characterized by its use of women and children as suicide bombers targeting mosques and markets. The toll could be as high as 30, according to Al-Jazeera.

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