Suicide bombing in Nigeria kills 20

Two female suicide bombers attack fish market in the Nigerian northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 20

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than 20 people were killed and at least 50 wounded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri in a suicide bombing executed by two disguised women in a fish market, Agence France-Presse has reported.

A woman exploded a vest in a bus station near the fish market while in disguise in the Baga Road area of the city. This area has been repeatedly targeted recently by shelling, bombs and suicide attacks. The attack is likely to be blamed on Boko Haram, but the group did not comment following the attack.  

"It happened right inside the motor park [bus station] attached to the fish market where labourers were sorting out rice."

He said that according to the accounts of survivors a woman came into the bus station with a casserole dish, shouting out for customers.

"Suddenly, the casserole, which obviously contained explosives, went off. She was blown to pieces... We have sorted out 20 dead bodies and 50 others that were injured."

Another woman fled and detonated another bomb nearby, but the second explosion caused no casualties, according to the BBC.

The city of Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram and has witnessed several suicide bombings during the six-years presence of the group in the city. Boko Haram has in the past used women and girls as human bombs, making the group the key suspect in the latest attacks.

The Nigerian military recently decided to move its headquarters from the capital Abuja to Maiduguri.

Nigeria alongside military coalition partners of Niger, Chad and Cameroon has claimed successes in fighting Boko Haram since February, forcing the group’s fighters out of territory it used to control.

TRTWorld and agencies