Explosions kill scores at market in Nigerian north

Last modified: Sunday, March 09, 2014
KANO, Nigeria — Two explosions at a market in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state killed at least 70 people and injured scores, rescue workers said Sunday.

The blasts in densely populated areas of the state capital Maiduguri late Saturday may have killed as many as 100 people, the rescuers said, adding that many bodies had yet to be recovered from the rubble.

After the initial blast, many people — including guests at a wedding nearby — streamed to the scene to help the victims. The second blast is understood to have caused most of casualties.

Maiduguri is considered the birthplace of Boko Haram, an Islamist sect opposed to Western influence in education. The group has instigated a series of attacks in the Muslim-dominated north of the country, targeting mainly Christian communities.

Last week, militants killed an estimated 43 pupils in a predawn attack on a school in the town of Buni Yadi in the northeastern state of Yobe, setting on fire a locked hostel and slitting the throats of those who escaped through windows.

Borno is three northern states the government put under emergency rule in May to try to curb such attacks.