Up to 50 people are reported dead after a bomb blast hit a busy market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday.
According to witnesses, a man blew himself up at Gamboru cattle market. One witness said he counted at least 20 bodies.
A report from Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege, from Abuja, said many reports are still coming in from eyewitnesses.
“We have managed to speak directly to a reliable source who is a member of the civilian Joint Task Force.,” Ndege said
“These are ordinary Nigerians assisting the miltiary in fighting Boko haram and our source says a serious explosion did take place at cattle market. A live stock market visited by hundreds of people everyday trading in livestock.”
“What is not clear is the exact number of fatalities according to the security and emergency services who we have reached out to inorder to get clarification on how many people have been killed or injured we are still waiting,” Ndege added.
This comes after a weekend that saw about 30 killed in Borno. The Nigerian army has been waging war against the terror group, Boko Haram over the past year. They are believed to be responsible for the attacks.