Four suicide bombers struck the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria killing 14 and injuring others on Wednesday evening. 


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The blasts struck parts of the Muna Gari suburb in the capital of Borno state, a key home to the Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

A first blast occurred around 5 pm local time near a small crowd of praying people, according to state official Bello Dambatta.

Another attacker exploded inside a house and the others blew themselves up before reaching their intended targets, according to Dambatta.

Police spokesperson Victor Isukwu said the bombers were two men and two women.

The Times of India reported that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the attack.

“Normalcy has been restored to the community,” Isukwu said after the blast areas were secured by police.

There have been no claims of responsibility by any group or individual, however, Boko Haram is active in the area and has carried out similar attacks in the past.

The African militant group has been looking for form a so-called “Islamic state” since 2009, according to monitors.

The United States has reported it is the first insurgency to use more female suicide bombers than men.

Due to Boko Haram’s ambitions, thousands have lost their lives and millions forced from their homes by the group’s violence in recent years.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Maiduguri markets from the Guardian. 

 

 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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