Blasts hit Maiduguri, NE Nigeria: witnesses, police

The Gomboru market si seen after an Improvised Explosive Device blast in Maiduguri, Borno State in northeastern Nigeria on July 31, 2015A series of explosions rocked the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, with casualties feared, witnesses and police said. It was not immediately clear how many blasts hit the Borno state capital but one police officer said as many as seven went off and locals reported at least two bombs were strapped to teenage girls. Boko Haram Islamists have increasingly used suicide bombers to target civilians, including in Maiduguri, where on September 20 at least 117 people were killed in a wave of attacks.

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