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Girl bombers kill some 30 in northeast Nigeria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People look on after bombs explode near a crowded mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, June 22, 2015.

Two teenage female bombers have detonated their explosives near a crowded mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing about 30 people.

Recounting the Monday bloodshed, fishmonger Idi Idrisa said one teenager blew herself up as she approached the mosque crowded with people from the nearby Baga Road fish market, performing afternoon prayers.

The second teen appeared to run away and blew up further away, killing only herself, he said.

Civilian defense fighter Sama Ila Abu said he counted at least 30 corpses as he helped to collect the dead.

Both men said there were many injured being sent to the hospitals.

On March 30, a report said that Boko Haram had launched rocket attacks in a residential area of the city, killing 13 people.

Boko Haram says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government. It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of the country since the beginning of its militancy, which has so far left about 15,000 people dead and displaced about 1.5 million.

The militants have pledged allegiance to the fellow Takfiri group ISIL, which is primarily operating inside Iraq and Syria, where it holds parts of both countries.

The Nigerian military has, however, said that the extremists were now confined to the Sambisa Forest in the country’s northeast.


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