Suicide blasts leave 10 dead in Nigeria

Attacks hit northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing 10 and wounding dozens

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in two suicide bombings in Nigeria’s Maiduguri, officials and emergency services said on Sunday.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a leprosy hospital in the city of Maiduguri, killing five people and wounding more than 10 others.

Another suicide bombing took place in Molai district of Maiduguri, where two women attempted to get into a hospital, but were stopped by the security guards and detonated their explosives, killing five people and wounding 18 others.

Nigeria has repeatedly come under attack by Boko Haram militants.

The militant group stepped up its attacks in recent months, forcing Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a joint force with neighbouring countries to tackle the militants.

The group frequently uses young women as human bombs, targeting civilians at market places and bus stations.

More than 100 people have been killed in the past few weeks in the restive northeast Nigeria, reports say.

President Buhari is set to visit US President Barack Obama on July 20 in a bid to ask for more support in the fight against Boko Haram.

TRTWorld and agencies