Bomb kills 16 people at cattle market in Nigeria’s Borno state

No immediate claim of responsibilty but attack bears hallmarks of Boko Haram militants

People from the Nigerian town of Malam Fatori, close to the borders with Niger and Chad, pass by a patrol of Niger’s Gendarmes as they flee Islamist Boko Haram attacks. Photograph: Issouf Sanogoissouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

People from the Nigerian town of Malam Fatori, close to the borders with Niger and Chad, pass by a patrol of Niger’s Gendarmes as they flee Islamist Boko Haram attacks. Photograph: Issouf Sanogoissouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

 

A bomb blast hit a cattle market in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno late on Saturday, with as many as 16 people dead, hospital and military sources said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people and displaced some 1.5 million in an insurgency to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northeast of Nigeria but appears to have lost most of the territory it seized to government counter-offensives this year.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which followed two weekend bombings that killed at least 30 people and also appeared to be the work of Boko Haram.

“At about 4:30pm on Saturday they brought casualties from the blast scene ...16 bodies were deposited with 24 injured,” said Lawal Kawu, a paramedic at the teaching hospital in Maiduguri.

He said some of the injured were also in critical condition.

Zakariya Shettima, who lives nearby and arrived on the scene after the blast in the small community of Musari, on the outskirts of Maiduguri city, said he saw blood and body parts and that it had left a crater and destroyed several shops in the market.

Reuters