Dozens killed in Nigeria bomb attacks blamed on Boko Haram

Dozens killed in Nigeria bomb attacks blamed on Boko Haram
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Published March 7th, 2015 - 19:04 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Politicians said they suspect Boko Haram militants are behind the attacks. (AFP/File)
Politicians said they suspect Boko Haram militants are behind the attacks. (AFP/File)

Two explosions at two markets and a third blast at a bus station killed at least 41 people in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, witnesses and the local government said.

Twenty-one people died when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at the Baga Road fish market, councilman Abubakar Modu told dpa.

Another 16 people were killed in a separate attack a short time later at the city's Monday Market and four more at a bus terminal, said Ali Ibrahim, a lawmaker with the ruling state party All Progressives Congress.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the politicians said they suspected Boko Haram insurgents were behind them.

Boko Haram, which has killed more than 13,000 people in Nigeria since 2009, controls large areas in the north-east. It is also carrying out cross-border raids into Chad, Cameroon and Niger, which have joined Nigeria to form a military coalition.

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