Africa

Nigeria blast: Yola market explosion kills 30

  • 18 November 2015
  • From the section Africa
Map

More than 30 people have been killed in a suicide attack at a market in the northern Nigerian city of Yola, officials say.

The blast, heard across the city, struck a busy vegetable market where traders were closing up on Tuesday.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Yola on Saturday, declaring that the Islamist militant movement Boko Haram was close to defeat.

Following the attack, Facebook activated its safety check feature.

This is the first time the feature has been activated in Nigeria, and follows criticism that it was done after the Paris attacks but not elsewhere.

Yola has twice been hit by deadly bomb attacks this year.

The city lies in the north-eastern state of Adamawa, one of the worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

More than 80 people have been taken to hospital, some with serious injuries, emergency workers say.


Boko Haram at a glance:

Image copyright AFP
  • Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education - Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirls
  • Joined so-called Islamic State, now calls itself IS's "West African province"
  • Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphate
  • Regional force has retaken most territory this year

Using football to tackle Boko Haram

Who are Boko Haram?


Related Topics