Scores feared killed in Nigeria's market attack

Posted August 16, 2017

One or two of the bombers went to a nearby camp for people displaced by Nigeria's conflict with Boko Haram, and at least one stayed at the market, Mr. Kalli said. They all detonated their explosives nearly simultaneously, he said.

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.

"Our village is right at the entrance into Konduga town and that is where both the camp and the makeshift market are situated, which made us an instant target point of the insurgents", said Kalli, the village chief.

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At least 30 people were killed and more than 80 others injured in a triple suicide attack in the town of Mandarari, in Nigeria's Borno State, according to media reports on Wednesday. "One went into the camp and detonated and nearly immediately everywhere turned into disarray, and in the confusion, the two other suicide bombers detonated in the market", he said.

Last month, an oil prospecting team was captured by al Barnawi's group.

Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million people in its attacks since 2009.

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Even with a curfew on most northern cities and security officers out hunting for Boko Haram suspects, the Nigerian government is still struggling to deal with the islamist insurgency.

The Nigerian Army has launched a new mobile strike team while its count down eighteen days to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group dead or alive.

They have carried out attacks against civilian and military personnel, causing the deaths of scores of people and kidnapping several others.

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