YOLA, Nigeria — Self-defense fighters Wednesday killed three girl suicide bombers targeting a bustling market in northeastern Nigeria, civilian and military officials said.
Share via Email This article is over 4 years old The wreckage of a burnt vehicle and burning shops following a bomb blast at Terminus market in the central Nigerian city of Jos.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions, but the bombs bore the hallmarks of other attacks by Islamist sect Boko Haram, which has recently stepped up a bloody five-year battle campaign to establish a caliphate in northern Nigeriaand kidnapped more than schoolgirls from a remote north-eastern school in April.
He said the death toll was likely to climb as victims were still being pulled from smouldering rubble at the scene. Some had children with them," he said by phone from the scene, above the wail of sirens.
They will continue to remove the debris tomorrow and we are expecting to recover more bodies then," he added. The attack suggests that the group, which started with hit-and-run home-made explosives thrown from motorbikes, is seeking to make a show of its capabilities before the elections scheduled in Witnesses said soldiers had erected checkpoints around the area, and firefighters were still battling to put out flames that continued to rage almost two hours after the blasts.
Religious leaders appealed for calm in the city, which is home to both Muslims and Christians. No one was asking if they were Muslim or Christians," said Kola, an eyewitness, who gave only his first name.
But there were glimmers of how frustration and anger at rising insecurity could take on a sectarian character. A group of Christian youths in one neighbourhood set up checkpoints, where they carried out stop-and-searches on vehicles.
In another neighbourhood, Christian youths armed with clubs marched towards a Muslim neighbourhood before they were stopped by policemen.
At least one of the bombs appeared to have come from a car packed with explosives, which witnesses say tore a hole in the ground and caused surrounding vehicles to catch fire. Traders continued to crowd around the scene after the blast, trying to recover charred belongings.
Bala Mohammed, a resident who was returning home from his office nearby, said the force of the first explosion threw him to the ground. It took off the roof of the market building. Many were trapped inside, it was a terrible scene.
More than 1, people died in attacks by Boko Haram in the first three months of this year after the group stepped up its campaign. At least were then killed in twin bomb blasts in Abuja last month, while a suicide car bomber killed five people in Kano on Sunday evening.
Britain, the US and France have pledged to help rescue the schoolgirls snatched from north-eastern Borno state, marking a potential military escalation in a region already under a state of emergency.At least people were killed in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday after two bombs ripped through a business district packed with commuters and traders.
KANO, Nigeria - At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists. The. The bombing by two suspected child suicide bombers in a crowded market on Sunday capped a week of horror and marked an ominous escalation in violence with elections in Africa’s most populous.
Jan 04, · Civilian and military officials say civilian self-defense fighters killed three girl suicide bombers targeting a bustling market day in northeastern Nigeria.
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