Bomb blast hits market in Nigeria’s Borno State, 16 dead

A bomb blast hit a cattle market in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno late on Saturday, with as many as 16 people dead, hospital and military sources said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants.

“A female suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device strapped to her body along the Baga-Monguno highway, killing herself and two others on Saturday,” Borno state police commissioner Aderemi Opadokun said, according to Agence France-Presse. He also said that four others were wounded in the deadly assault.

Since the new president (Muhammadu Buhari) took over on May 29 th there have been a dozen Boko Haram attacks leaving nearly a hundred dead. The Islamic terrorists seem eager to show they have not been eliminated in the northeast.

Neighboring countries’ military forces have also been fighting Boko Haram, which has launched raids into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. They have joined Nigeria in a multi-national task force.

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