Scores of people were feared killed by suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers at a market in Nigeria’s Borno State, media reports said. A security source who confirmed the attacks on Tuesday said that he was yet to get full details of the incident which occurred at about 35 km from the state capital Maiduguri, Xinhua news agency reported.

An emergency source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that dozens of people were killed and others injured.

Lagos-based Vanguard newspaper, quoting local sources, however reported that at least 27 persons were killed and while 83 were wounded in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, a woman bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in the village of Konduga near Maiduguri.

It quoted an emergency service official as saying that two other suicide bombers also blew themselves up at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, leaving many injured.

Military authorities in Borno State have yet to confirm the attacks.

Borno State, located in Nigeria’s northeast region, is a flash-point of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its insurgency targeting churches, security facilities, schools and villages.

First Published | 16 August 2017 7:40 AM
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