Dozens Killed in Nigeria Suicide Attack

Nigerian security forces arrive at the scene of a previous suicide attack.Nigerian security forces arrive at the scene of a previous suicide attack.

At least 45 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali in Adamawa state, officials say.

Two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a busy market, an army spokesman said.

No group has claimed the attack, BBC reported.

But the militant group Boko Haram has been waging a seven-year insurgency against the government and often uses suicide attacks.

“At least 33 people were wounded in the bombing,” said Sa’ad Bello, of the National Emergency Management Agency.

The two bombers, who were “disguised as customers, detonated their suicide belts at the section of the market selling grain and secondhand clothing”, local government official, Yusuf Muhammad, told AFP.

Madagali was recaptured from Boko Haram in 2015 and has been the target of previous suicide attacks.

A regional force has retaken most territory under the group’s control in the past 22 months. But as it advances into areas previously controlled by the militants, the army has found tens of thousands of civilians on the brink of starvation.

The number of people facing starvation in the northeast of Nigeria is as high as 120,000, of which 75,000 are children, the UN warned earlier this month.

More than two million people have been forced from their homes as a result of Boko Haram’s insurgency.

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