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Dozens feared dead as twin blasts hit Adamawa

Twin explosions have ripped through a market in Madagali, Adamawa State northeast Nigeria.

The incident, which occurred on Friday, is reported to have killed dozens of people.

Police spokesman Othman Abubakar confirms the blasts but says he has no toll of victims yet.

Boko Haram Islamic extremists are blamed for the attack Friday morning on the edge of the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, which Nigeria’s military has been bombing ahead of ground assaults.

Since the military has dislodged the extremists from towns and villages this year, the insurgents have been attacking soft targets.

Madagali lies some 276km from the Adamawa State capital, Yola.

The town, which is close to neighbouring Borno State, was one of several others held by Boko Haram at the height of the group’s brutal insurgency.

The latest blast is the third in Madagali, following attacks by two female suicide bombers on December 28, 2015, at a busy motor park.

Thirty people were killed in that blast and 16 were injured.

A Survivor, Ahmadu Gulak says Friday’s twin explosions struck simultaneously at opposite ends of the market selling grains and vegetables. He says he counted at least 10 bodies and many wounded people being ferried to a nearby hospital by ambulance. (News Agency)

Source News Express

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