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Six killed in Nigerian market by suicide bomber

LAGOS, Nigeria – On Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded market area in northern Nigeria, killing six people and wounding several hundreds, according security sources.

Meanwhile, security intelligence sources were quick to blame the attacks on the Boko Haram jihadist group.

The horrific attack took place few days after another unsuccessful Boko Haram attack on Christmas Day in the northern city Maiduguri.

Eye witnesses informed media organizations that the bomber, who acted like a grain merchant, staged the attack in the village of Amarwa, about 12 miles from Maiduguri, the origin of Boko Haram and Borno State’s state capital.

A leader of a militia force assisting the Nigeria army in the fight against Boko Haram, Babagana Kolo, said: “Six people died on the spot from the explosion while 13 others were seriously injured.”

Adding, “The injured have been brought to the general hospital here in Maiduguri while the dead have been buried in the village.”

Ibrahim Liman, a militia supporter and strongman said: “The bomber then walked to a group of people chatting nearby and detonated the explosives concealed in the bag he was carrying.”

Since Boko Haram began its insurgency, the village of Amarwa has suffered several jihadist’s attacks in the past eight years in a conflict that has claimed at least 20,000 lives and displaced 2.6 million people.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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