WAR & CONFLICT Dozens killed in Nigeria market bombing

More than 30 people dead after explosion rips
through crowds in eastern city of Yola.
The armed group Boko Haram has attacked Yola
with suicide bombs and improvised explosive
devices in the past [Reuters]
At least 32 people have been killed and dozens
more wounded in a blast at a market in the
northeastern Nigerian city of Yola, the Red Cross
and National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) said.
The explosion occurred at a fruit and vegetable
market beside a main road in the Jimeta area of
Adamawa’s state capital on Tuesday night.
The area, also housing a live stock market, was
crowded with shoppers.
“The ground near my shop was covered with
dead bodies. I helped to load 32 dead bodies into
five vehicles,” witness Alhaji Ahmed, who owns a
shop in the market, told the Reuters news
agency.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility
but officials will likely pin the blame on the armed
group Boko Haram which has killed thousands in
its bid to create a state adhering to Islamic law in
the northeast.
The group has previously attacked Yola with
suicide bombs and improvised explosive devices.
Tuesday’s bombing came less than a month after
at least 55 people died when suicide bombings
struck two mosques in different cities in
northeast Nigeria.
A massive blast on October 24 in Yola killed 27
people during a Friday afternoon prayer that
included officials helping to inaugurate a new
mosque, the National Emergency Management
Agency said.
Earlier on the same day in the city of Maiduguri –
the capital of Borno state and birthplace of the
armed group Boko Haram, another suicide
bomber killed 28 people in an attack on a
mosque.
Last Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari was in
Yola to decorate soldiers for bravery in the fight
against Boko Haram as well as visit a camp for
people displaced by six years of violence that
have left at least 17,000 people dead.
He told troops he believed Boko Haram “are very
close to defeat” and urged soldiers “to remain
vigilant, alert and focused to prevent Boko Haram
from sneaking into our communities to attack
soft targets”.
Since losing most of the territory they took over
earlier this year to the Nigerian army, the fighters
have focused attacks on markets, bus stations
and places of worship, as well as hit-and-run
attacks on villages.

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