MAIDUGURI – Nigeria: On Tuesday, a car bomb in a marketplace in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram extremism, cause to death at least 56 people, the leader of a civilian group that retrived the bodies stated.
Leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force – Sadiq Abba Tijjani, told the news agency than his group recovered at least 56 dead bodies at the attack site, mostly elderly women who sold peanuts and lemon juice on the securities industry.
Spectators and officials blamed Boko Haram extremists who are accused of a serial publication of recent bomb attacks in the West African country. The group has drawn international attention and condemnation since its April abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from a northeast town.
Trader Daba Musa Yobe, who goes near the pop marketplace, said the bomb went off but after the market opened at 8 a.m., before most dealers or customers had got in.
Final week, explosions ripped through the heaviest shopping mall in Abuja, Nigeria’s central capital, killing 24 people; a medical college in the northern Kano city, shooting down at least eight; and a hotel, brothel in a northeast Bauchi city that killed 10. It was the third bomb blast in as many months in Abuja, and the second in two months in Kano.
In May, twin car bombs at a marketplace also left above 130 dead in the central joys city and wiped out at least 14 people at a World Cup viewing site in Damaturu, another town in the NE.