No fewer than 50 persons were killed killed on Tuesday when a bomb allegedly planted by members of the Boko Haram sect exploded at a village market in Borno State.
Though some members of the youth vigilance group said they counted 20 burnt corpses and 25 others injured victims of the blast, another military source told Reuters that the blast killed at least 47 people and injured another 52.
A member of the local youth vigilance group, Abubakar Ibrahim, told our correspondent on the telephone that “many people were killed in Sabon Gari market, along Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway, this (Tuesday) afternoon when a bomb explosion rocked the market.”
He added, “Our men heard a loud explosion at about 1.35pm. When they got there, they saw mangled bodies, burnt beyond recognition.”
Ibrahim added that the incident was not caused by a suicide bombing, but rather from a planted bomb at the centre of the market.
Another member of the youth vigilance group in Sabon Gari, Ishaq Abdullahi, told our correspondent on the telephone that they picked 20 mangled corpses from the market.
Abdullahi said 25 other persons were injured in the attack.
He said, “We were called to evacuate the corpses and assist the injured to the hospital. I counted 20 dead bodies and our men took 25 injured persons to the hospital.”
Sabon Gari is a village on Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway, a distance of about 140 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
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