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Monday, 22 June 2015
20 dead in Maiduguri suicide Bomblast
At least 20 people were killed when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a bus station in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, a civilian vigilante and a survivor said on Monday.
“We have sorted out 20 dead bodies and 50 others that were injured,” said vigilante Danlami Ajaokuta and a survivor who escaped the blast near the city’s fish market on Baga Road.
A civilian vigilante assisting the military against Boko Haram who witnessed the incident said the bomb went off at about 3:50pm.
We heard a loud explosion while we were preparing for afternoon prayers,” he said. It happened right inside the motor park (bus station) attached to the fish market where labourers were sorting out rice.”
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, has increasingly come under attack in the weeks since new President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, vowing to wipe out the Islamists.
Monday’s bombing takes the number of attacks in the city to five this month. On June 3, an improvised explosive device left outside a mechanics’ workshop on the Baga Road killed 18 while on May 30, 26 people were killed in a suicide attack at a city mosque.
With the latest attack, some 200 people have been killed since Buhari’s inauguration, according to AFP reporting.