Twelve killed and 48 injured in Maiduguri suicide bombings


Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 48 others in an attack on the Nigerian city Maiduguri, officials from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for Borno said.

In recent weeks, Nigeria’s military embarked on an offensive against the Islamist insurgency in Borno, epicentre for much of the conflict, which began in 2009.

That has not stopped Boko Haram attacks, which target civilians and the military.

Two bombers struck a market in the Muna Garage area on the outskirts of Maiduguri on Wednesday afternoon, SEMA officials said.

Muna Garage is the site of a camp for displaced people and a frequent target of Boko Haram attacks.

In the wake of the attack, the smell of burnt blood lingered while parts of the market were still ablaze, according to a Reuters witness.

On Monday, a Boko Haram faction released a video purporting to show some girls kidnapped from Chibok nearly four years ago, as well as a downed Nigerian military aircraft and a group of policewomen abducted last year.