Suicide Bombers Kill 17, Injure 70 In Fish Market Attack

Three suicide bombers have killed at least 19 people, as well as themselves, in an attack on a fish market in Borno State.

According to Police reports, another 70 people were wounded when the attackers detonated their explosives on Friday evening about 20km from the centre of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of Boko Haram terrorist group.

Members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF),Babakura Kolo and Musa Ari, who have been helping Nigeria’s army against Boko Haram, said the bombers were all men.

“Two of the bombers attacked the Tashan Kifi fish market. Then four minutes later, a third bomber struck nearby,” Kolo said.

“The victims included 18 civilians and one soldier. The Tashan Kifi is an informal market which serves as an eatery, market and also hang-out for residents.”

Ari said 22 of the 70 injured were in a critical condition, adding that there was “no question” Boko Haram was behind the attack.