Bomb attack kills 16 in Nigeria’s Borno state

A bomb blasts in a cattle market kills 16 people in Nigeria’s state of Borno

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nigeria’s Borno state was hit by a bomb blast killing at least 16 people in a cattle market, an attack which rose suspicions over Boko Haram because of the way it was perpetrated  Reuters reported.

"At about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday they brought casualties from the blast scene ...16 bodies were deposited with 24 injured," Lawal Kawu, a paramedic at the educational hospital in Maiduguri, told Reuters.

Some of the injured were reported to be critical condition. 

Zakariya Shettima, who lives nearby and arrived on scene after the blast in the small community of Musari, on the outskirts of Maiduguri city, said he saw blood and body parts and that i a crater had been left from the blast which destroyed several shops in the market.

At least 50 people were killed and dozens were wounded on Tuesday after a bomb exploded in a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.

No groups claimed responsibility for the Tuesday’s explosion in the cattle market but Boko Haram is known to have launched similar attacks in Maiduguri and the rest of Borno State in the past.

13,000 people were killed by Boko Haram raids since 2009 and 1.5 million were forced to migrate from their homes.

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