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60 killed in Maiduguri twin blast

25 November 2014, 14:13

Maiduguri - Two explosions at a crowded market in northeastern Nigeria have killed more than 60 people.

The twin bomb blasts on Tuesday hit the Monday market in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the sources said.

Hospitals have been flooded with injured residents, the sources added.

Market trader Usman Babaji told the AFP that one of the bombs was concealed in a motorised rickshaw, which are popular throughout the country.

Maiduguri is a stronghold for the armed group Boko Haram.

Also read: Several killed as female bombers strike in Maiduguri

Towns seized

Also on Tuesday, government and security sources told AFP that Boko Haram had taken over another town in Nigeria's northeast.

Maina Ma'aji Lawan, who represents Borno in Nigeria's senate, said the group was in control of the border town of Damasak.

Nigerian soldiers and hundreds of residents fled across the frontier to seek sanctuary when the heavily armed fighters opened fire on traders on Monday morning, he said.

"There is not a single male in Damasak," Lawan said. "Boko Haram is in control because all males and soldiers have fled."

Boko Haram has seized more than two dozen towns in Borno and neighbouring Yobe and Adamawa states, marking a change in strategy from its previous trademark of deadly hit-and-run strikes or high-profile strikes against government, police or military targets.

The group wants to create a Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria, and its seizure of towns has raised fears about a potential loss of government control in the region.



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