Eighteen people were killed in a late Friday night attack by suicide bombers in Konduga local government area of Borno State.
Three suicide bombers believed to be members of the insurgent group Boko Haram died detonating the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) thereby killing 18 other people at the market around 8pm local time, according to the Nigeria Police.
According to the Borno State police commissioner, Damian Chukwu, the explosives detonated by the suicide bombers simultaneously led to the death of 18 of the shoppers at the market known for its fish-selling business.
Chukwu also confirmed that 22 people were injured in the incident and have been taken to hospital in the capital Maiduguri which is about 12 miles away from Konduga.
“The incident happened on Friday night around 8, 9pm. The three suicide bombers died and 22 people among the many shopping at the market also died while 22 others were injured and are in hospital,” said the Borno police chief.
However, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported from the account of a witness at the scene. It reported that 22 people were killed and 28 others sustained injuries.
No group has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack but the manner of operation carries the imprint of Boko Haram which has resorted to carrying out suicide bombings in the northeast of the west African nation in recent months.
The killings in Konduga comes in the wake of the gruesome massacre of 36 people in Birane village in Zurmi local government on Wednesday.
In the past months, Nigeria has been plagued by pockets of suicide bombings and communal clashes between farmers and herders especially.
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