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Double suicide attack kills 15 in Borno

Double suicide attack kills 15 in Borno
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At least 15 people were feared killed when two suicide bombers attacked a village, near Konduga in Borno State on Monday.

The twin explosions occurred in Mashalari village, near Konduga.

The state emergency management agency confirmed the news of the attack to newsmen and at least 21 people were injured.

“It happened during aid distribution by an NGO, when people had gathered to receive donations.”

“Twelve minutes later, another bomber struck, but luckily only she died,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The rescue worker said both bombers were women but did not specify which NGO was distributing aid.

Babakura Kolo, from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a militia assisting the military with security, confirmed the rescue worker’s account.

“We have dispatched out a team to the scene,” he said.

Bello Dambatta, head of rescue operations for Borno state’s Emergency Management Agency, said women were the majority of those killed in the morning attack and the death toll was likely to rise.

Mashalari village is near Konduga, one of the few villages in the outskirts of Maiduguri frequently attacked by Boko haram insurgents.

No immediate claim of responsibility came for the attack, but the Boko Haram armed group has carried out similar bombings in the past in the region.

Northeast Nigeria is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram violence, which has left at least 20,000 people dead and displaced more than 2.6 million since 2009.

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