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Triple bombings kill 13 worshippers in northeast Nigeria

17 July 2015 14:43


Triple bomb attacks targeting religious gatherings in Nigeria’s troubled northeast have killed at least 13 people and injured some others, security and medical sources say.

A security volunteer said at least two people were killed after twin explosions went off in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu in Yobe State, where worshippers had gathered to attend the Eid al-Fitr prayer, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

A third bomb moments later went off near a mosque in the troubled town, leaving another 11 dead.

“For now we have 13 dead bodies brought to the hospital,” a senior medic said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but they bear the hallmark of Boko Haram Takfiri militants.

The developments come a day after twin explosions hit a market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Gombe, leaving about 50 people dead. The first blast occurred outside a footwear shop in Gombe around 5:20 p.m. local time (1620 GMT) on Thursday, followed by a second explosion just minutes later.

Earlier this week, the militants killed at least 43 people during a series of deadly attacks on four villages in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State.

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