Nigerian police says 18 killed in multiple bomb blasts

A screengrab showing Maiduguri the Nigerian city at the centre of the conflict with the Islamists

Nigerian police says 18 killed in multiple bomb blasts

At least 17 persons have been killed and scores of civilian injured when multiple bombers believed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group strucked in Konduga local government area of Borno State last night, rescue workers said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of Boko Haram, an armed group waging a violent campaign in the area since 2009.

Damian Chukwu, police commissioner for Borno state, said the attack took place at a fish market around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the centre of Maiduguri at about 8:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday.

They were said to have struck at a market on Friday.

Chukwu, who confirmed the incident, said the attack occurred despite "proactive" measures taken by the police to decongest the market.

"Two of the bombers attacked the Tashan Kifi fish market".

"We all ran for safety after the first thunderous blast occurred".

The attack comes one day after the Nigerian Army placed a N3 million bounty on Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

He added that those who lost their lives and people in critical condition have been moved to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Maiduguri General hospital.

A source had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that no fewer than 22 persons were killed and 28 others injured in the suicide bombing.

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