Sui­cide bombers ‘faked a fight’ to at­tract on­look­ers

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two sui­cide bombers killed at least 31 peo­ple and in­jured 38 oth­ers in a crowded mar­ket in the north­east Nige­ria city of Yola af­ter fak­ing a fight, po­lice said Fri­day.

The bombers with ex­plo­sives strapped to their bod­ies en­tered the Jimeta Main Mar­ket af­ter sun­down on Thurs­day and “pre­tended to be fight­ing”, said area po­lice spokesman Oth­man Abubakar.

The staged fight be­tween the two men “at­tracted the at­ten­tion of peo­ple nearby to see what was hap­pen­ing,” he told AFP.

“When peo­ple had gath­ered they det­o­nated their ex­plo­sives ... They killed a size­able num­ber of peo­ple,” he added.

The co­or­di­na­tor for the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency in Yola, Sa’ad Bello, gave casualty fig­ures of 31 dead and 38 in­jured.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity but fin­gers will likely be pointed at Boko Haram, which has car­ried out sev­eral at­tacks in the north of the state in re­cent weeks.

Yola has also suf­fered at­tacks, but not in re­cent years. It had come to be seen as a rel­a­tive safe haven for hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple forced to flee their homes fur­ther north be­cause of the vi­o­lence.

The Yola attack came hours af­ter a sus­pected sui­cide bomb­ing at a check­point out­side a mil­i­tary bar­racks in Maiduguri, the cap­i­tal of neigh­bour­ing Borno state that killed four peo­ple.

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