Two explosions have hit a busy marketplace in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, in Nigeria, killing more than 60 people and injuring dozens more.
At least 60 people have been killed and dozens more injured following two bomb blasts in the city of Maiduguri, the capital city of the Borno state. The twin bomb blast occurred at a busy time for the market, causing local hospitals to be flooded with injured residents.
Market trader Usman Babaji said, in a statement to the AFP news agency, that one of the bombs was concealed in a motorised rickshaw, which are popular throughout the African nation.
Maiduguri is a stronghold for forces of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.
As well, on Tuesday,, government and security forces explained to AFP that Boko Haram troops had taken control of another town in northeast of Nigeria. Maina Ma’aji Lawan, who represents Borno in Nigeria’s senate, said the group was in control of the border town of Damasak.
“There is not a single male in Damasak,” Lawan said, “Boko Haram is in control because all males and soldiers have fled”