Blasts rock Nigeria's Maiduguri town, 35 killed

Explosion rocked a football viewing center in Maiduguri, the capital and the largest city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria

Blasts rock Nigeria's Maiduguri town, 35 killed

World Bulletin/News Desk

A twin bomb explosions rocked a football viewing center in Maiduguri, the capital and the largest city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, leaving at least 35 people killed and many wounded.

"We are still counting but so far we have recovered 35 bodies from the scene," police commissioner Tanko Lawal told reporters.

"Our men are still working with rescue workers at the scene and we will update you as soon as possible," he added.

Al-Hassan Birma, a resident of the Ajilari Ward in Jere council area of Maiduguri, had earlier told AA that several people were killed.

"Of course several people lay dead with their charred bodies everywhere," he said, adding that the injured have been rushed to hospital.

"People, mostly young people, were watching a football match at around 6pm local time when two bombs suddenly exploded around the viewing center," Birma said.

The local resident blamed the attack on the Boko Haram militant group.

"We believed that improvised explosive devices must have been planted near the viewing center by some Boko Haram terrorists to cause much damage," Birma said.

Attacks in Nigeria usually go unclaimed.

 

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