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2 killed in twin suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria

5 others injured when female suicide bombers detonate themselves in Maiduguri market

Olanrewaju Kola   | 31.01.2020
2 killed in twin suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria FILE PHOTO

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria

At least two people were killed and five injured when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives at a crowded area in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria late Thursday. 

A police spokesperson said the suicide bombers, both of them female, were stopped by security personnel while attempting to enter the area.

"Upon resistance, they hurriedly detonated their improvised explosive devices (IED), killing two people besides themselves," Edet Okon said in a statement.

Five other people were also injured in the attack, who were taken to Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

The crime scene had been cordoned off by the bomb disposal squad, the spokesperson added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

It was the first suicide bombing of 2020 for an area which has been battling Boko Haram terrorism for over a decade.

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