Friday, September 25, 2015 - Maiduguri (Nigeria)—More than 20 people were killed in a bomb attack in the garrison town of Monguno in remote northeast Nigeria, witnesses and the country’s main relief agency said on late Wednesday.
Ibrahim Abdulkadir, northeast coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said “between 25 and 28” were killed in Sunday night’s attack while locals said at least 21 died.
News of the blast was slow to emerge because of poor communications with the remote town, which is some 140 kilometres (87 miles) by road from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
Maiduguri was also hit on Sunday night, when a series of blasts rocked a mosque, killing worshippers, and football fans watching a televised game nearby.
Boko Haram militants captured Monguno after what is thought to be the group’s deadliest strike in the six-year insurgency in the nearby town of Baga, on Lake Chad, in January when hundreds died. The army has since regained control of the town, which is home to Nigeria’s national security advisor Babagana Monguno.
Abdulkadir said Sunday’s blast was caused by a suicide bomber but local trader Alamin Ahamad said: “We strongly suspect the bomb was concealed like merchandise in a sack and dropped at the market.—AFP