Dozens die in Nigeria bomb attacks
Published 02/03/2014 | 11:37
At least 51 people have died in twin car bomb blasts at a marketplace in Maiduguri, the north eastern Nigerian city that is the birthplace of the country's main terrorist group.
A Nigerian Red Cross official said more people are believed to be buried in rubble from the explosions.
He said among the dead are children who were at a wedding celebration and others watching a soccer match on an outdoor TV screen.
Survivors said they captured and beat up one suspect. A security guard said the man died in the hospital. Vigilante leader Hassan Ali said his group collected 50 bodies.
The blasts are a major setback to a new military offensive against the Islamic uprising.
Elsewhere suspected Islamic extremists attacked a northeast Nigerian village overnight, killing 39 people and razing all the thatched-roof huts.
Taxi driver Mansu Buba said he returned to Mainok village to find victims being buried. Mainok has been attacked many times in the past year.