World Bulletin/News Desk
Twin explosions on Monday ripped through a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the capital of restive Borno State, leaving dozens of people dead, eyewitnesses said.
According to Abdullah Pagu, a local trader, a female bomber detonated explosive devices attached to her body when youth volunteers on patrol in the market attempted to stop her.
"She was carrying a nylon bag and was stopped around the area where fowls and chickens are sold. I was looking at the scenario from my shop not very far from the scene and suddenly a bomb went off from her," Pagu told The Anadolu Agency.
"I can't really say if the bomb went off from her nylon bag or her body. The second one went off about three minutes later," he added.
Many people immediately fled the area, said Quazim Sani, a sales officer who was in the market when the explosions occurred. The second blast, he said, may have killed more people than the first.
Rescue operations by military troops, policemen and youth volunteers are ongoing even as the authorities of the market said it was shutting down commercial activities till a further notice.
The explosion came barely a week after a similar twin blast killed about 30 people in the same market.
A suicide bomber also rammed his explosive-laden car into a crowded area near the market in July, killing at least 21.
Boko Haram has intensified bomb attacks recently in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State and other neighboring areas in the northern part of Africa's most populous nation despite the government's promises to end the Boko Haram insurgency, which has plagued the region in the past five years.
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