Nigerian City of Maiduguri Hit by Multiple Bombings

Nigerian City of Maiduguri Hit by Multiple Bombings

The first blast is said to have been orchestrated by a woman in a taxi rickshaw.

Published March 7, 2015

More than 50 people have been killed, with over 100 injured, in three bombings in Maiduguri, a northeastern town in Nigeria.

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According to the BBC, the blasts, which took place on Saturday (March 7) were reported as the worst attack on the city since suspected Boko Haram fighters attempted unsuccessfully to seize it in January.

Witnesses say that two of the bombings took place at a market and that both were orchestrated by suicide bombers. The first, which occurred at the city's Baga fish market, was said to be carried out by a female suicide bomber in a taxi rickshaw and killed 10 people.

The second attack occurred at a busy shopping area called Post Office, which is located within close proximity to the city's Monday Market. The explosion was carried out by two other female suicide bombers, one of whom had a bomb strapped to her body. The other bomber set off the explosive she was carrying in a bag a few feet away.

The exact number of victims was difficult to estimate as body parts were scattered around the area following the explosion. However, it was later reported by the leader of the Borno State Fisherman's Union that more than 40 people had died.

The third attack took place at a busy bus station where, according to a witness's report, 12 people could be seen lying on the ground. The witness, however, could not differentiate whether the victims were dead or injured.

Maiduguri is the state capital of Borno, and a city which has been a frequent target of the armed group Boko Haram.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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