An overnight blast blamed on the Islamic extremist terror organization Boko Haram killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria.
The blast Tuesday night in a predominantly Muslim region of the West African nation ends three weeks there without explosions, after a series of suicide bombings ended with attacks on mosques in two northeastern cities. The Oct. 23 explosions killed 42 people and wounded more than 100, said Nigerian authorities.
The Red Cross gave a slightly lower toll of 31 killed, 72 injured.
One of the mosques attacked was in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where the insurgents struck again on Tuesday.
At least 32 people were killed and about 80 wounded victims were evacuated to hospitals, coordinator Sa’ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency told the AP.
Most victims were vendors and passers-by, said Deputy Superintendent Othman Abubakar, the police spokesman for Adamawa state.
A woman breastfeeds her baby after being rescued from Boko Harm, near Mubi, northeast Nigeria. Oct. 29, 2015. REUTERS
Red Cross official Aliyu Maikano and residents told AFP the targeted area was a truck stop on a well-traveled shipping route that also houses a livestock market, an open-air restaurant and a mosque.
The area was immediately cordoned off but poor power supply in Yola meant the rescue effort was conducted in near darkness.
"Victims could be lying all over the place," Maikano said.
"The ground near my shop was covered with dead bodies. I helped to load 32 dead bodies into five vehicles," witness Alhaji Ahmed, who owns a shop in the market, told Reuters.
People who had been held hostage by Boko Haram receive aid, during a wave of strikes in October. [Red Cross]
More: Associated Press, AFP, Reuters, and Vanguard, a Nigerian newspaper.
TOP IMAGE: A bomb blast survivor. Photo: Nigerian Tribune.
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