Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Updated: 50 People Killed, Dozens Injured By Bomb Blast At Sabon Gari Market, Borno

At least 47 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion occurred at the cow section of Sabon Gari market in Damboa local government area of Borno state. A source told TheCable that the incident occurred around 1pm. “It was a bloody attack by a female suicide bomber and apart from the over 40 people who were killed, many sustained injuries,” he said. “I don’t know the number of those injured but rescue workers have taken over the market.” Umar Kidda, a member of a civilian viligante group, told Reuters that more than “47 dead persons have been removed from the market”. Kidda, who was said to have witnessed bodies being taken away, said the market was busy when the explosion occurred. A military source who declined to be named, also told the news agency that around 50 people had been killed. There has hardly been any week that the insurgents have not struck since May 29 when Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president. The relocation of the military command centre to the north-east is yet to have the desired result, as over 600 people have been killed since the decision was taken.

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At least 47 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion occurred at the cow section of Sabon Gari market in Damboa local government area of Borno state. A source told TheCable that the incident occurred around 1pm. “It was a bloody attack by a female suicide bomber and apart from the over 40 people who were killed, many sustained injuries,” he said. “I don’t know the number of those injured but rescue workers have taken over the market.” Umar Kidda, a member of a civilian viligante group, told Reuters that more than “47 dead persons have been removed from the market”. Kidda, who was said to have witnessed bodies being taken away, said the market was busy when the explosion occurred. A military source who declined to be named, also told the news agency that around 50 people had been killed. There has hardly been any week that the insurgents have not struck since May 29 when Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president. The relocation of the military command centre to the north-east is yet to have the desired result, as over 600 people have been killed since the decision was taken.

Read more at: https://www.thecable.ng/40-killed-female-suicide-bomber-hits-born
A bomb attack on a packed market in northeastern Nigeria bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram killed around 50 people on Tuesday, sources said.

The explosion struck at around 1.30 p.m. (8.30 p.m. ET) in the town of Sabon Gari in Borno state, which is the heartland of the Islamist militant group.

"So far, 52 people are injured, 47 dead persons have been removed from the market," Umar Kidda, a member of a civilian viligante group, told Reuters by phone.
Kidda, who witnessed bodies being taken away, said the market was busy when the explosion occurred.
A military source who declined to be named said around 50 people had been killed.
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people during a six-year armed campaign to set up an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria.

According to a Reuters tally, more than 600 people have been killed in raids and bombings by the insurgents since President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, promising to crush the group.
At the start of the year Boko Haram controlled territory about the size of Belgium.

The army said it pushed the group from most of that area in the last few months with the help of troops from Chad, Niger and Cameroon, but there has been a recent resurgence in militant attacks.
No one claimed responsibility for Tuesday's blast.


Another Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) member, Babagana Iliya, told SaharaReporters ''we heard loud explosions at about 01:35pm. When we arrived there people had scattered, it was not suicide bombers but it [the bomb] was planted at the center of the market.”

Sabon Gari village is settlement along Damboa – Biu road and is 50 kilometers away from Biu, the largest town in southern part of Borno State.

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