50 killed and many injured in Nigeria’s Maiduguri

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have killed at least 50 people and injured 143 today in the city of Maiduguri, in Borno state in northeast Nigeria, witnesses say.

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Police Commissioner Element Adoda said four blasts occurred over four hours in locations from a busy fish market to a crowded bus station. Witnesses say a fifth explosion at a military checkpoint outside the city wounded three.

Maiduguri was once the stronghold of the militant group Boko Haram, which is seeking to establish an Islamic state. The insurgents were forced out of the city after a state of emergency was instituted in 2013.

Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state and the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, the heart of an Islamic uprising that has killed about 12,000 people in nearly six years.