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Nigeria: At Least 51 Killed After Islamists Detonate Twin Car Bombs In Maiduguri


There’s no indication at this time as to who was targeted specifically, but there is little doubt that both Muslims and Christians are among the dozens of dead and wounded, for peaceful purposes …

Associated Press – “Twin car bomb blasts at a bustling marketplace killed at least 51 people in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of the country’s Islamic extremist terrorist group, a Red Cross official said Sunday.

Many more people are believed buried in rubble from the Saturday night explosions that collapsed some buildings and set others aflame with smoke billowing for hours, said the official, a resident who worked at the scene through the night but insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

The victims include children dancing at a wedding celebration and people watching a soccer match at an outdoor cinema, survivors told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Fifty corpses were retrieved, said Hassan Ali, leader of an anti-terror vigilante group.

The first blast came from a pickup truck carrying firewood and did not cause many casualties, said Ali. Most of those killed had run to the scene to help when a second explosion blasted from a passenger car, he said.

Survivors said they captured a man who jumped out of the car, grabbed a tricycle taxi and tried to make off. He was badly beaten and taken to nearby Umaru Shehu General Hospital, where a security guard said all the wounded brought in had died. Most survivors insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Some bodies were blown apart, said market trader Mallam Sumaila.

… criticism and anger have grown as attacks have increased and become ever deadlier: More than 300 people were killed in February alone in the neighboring states of Adamawa and Yobe. Outnumbered soldiers are accused of abandoning checkpoints and leaving civilians at the mercy of extremists in two attacks last week that killed about 100 people, including one on a high school.” Read more.

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  1. 03/02/2014 at 3:57 PM

    Hey CAIR, is this members of your group?

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