At least 49 dead in twin blasts at Nigerian market

Two blasts hit market in northeast Nigeria, killing 49 people

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Two blasts have hit a market in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, killing 49 people and injuring dozens, rescue workers said.

The bombs exploded within a gap of several minutes on Thursday afternoon. The blasts took place in front of a footwear store as people were shopping on the eve of Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

A local trader told AFP that he saw several dead bodies with many more wounded.

Another witness said he saw “people lying lifeless on the ground.

"I can't say how many people were affected but there are many."

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but it bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram.  

More than a million people are displaced inside Nigeria since Boko Haram launched a massive campaign in 2009.

Boko Haram has also regionalised the conflict, threatening the neighbouring countries.

Chad and Niger previously complained of a lack of cooperation with Nigeria, but the current administration in Nigeria has intensified its efforts to end Boko Haram’s six-year-old uprising, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives.

TRTWorld and agencies