Africa

Kano blasts: Twin bombs in Nigeria market 'kill 11'

  • 18 November 2015
  • From the section Africa
in wheelchair, Kano
Image caption Witness say the blasts went off just after 1500 GMT

Two female suicide bombers have killed 11 people in a market in northern Nigeria's main city, Kano, police say.

Residents say one of the bombs went off inside the Farm Centre mobile phone market, and the other at the entrance.

No-one has said they are responsible but militant Islamist group Boko Haram has previously targeted Kano.

On Tuesday, more than 30 people were killed by a suicide bomber in the north-eastern Yola city in an attack blamed on Boko Haram.

Facebook activated its safety check feature for the first time in Nigeria, after the Yola attack.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the Kano and Yola attacks as barbaric.

Witnesses told AFP news agency the explosions in Kano went off just after 15:00 GMT.

Six people were said to have arrived at the scene but two got out of their vehicle and four left before the explosion.

Media captionOn Tuesday, 30 people died in a suicide blast at a market in Yola, as Chris Ewokor reports

Female suicide bombers have attacked Kano before.

In July Kano was attacked by a female suicide bomber who blew herself up outside a mosque killing herself and injuring another person.

A more deadly attack in November 2014 killed more than 100 people at the central mosque.

Nigerian officials say many girls are forced to become suicide bombers, and are told that if they refuse they will be killed.

The Global Terrorism Index says 6,644 deaths were attributed to Boko Haram in 2014, making it the world's deadliest militant group.

On Tuesday, President Buhari ordered the arrest of his predecessor's security adviser, for allegedly stealing some $2bn (£1.3bn) meant for military equipment.

Nigerian soldiers have complained that despite the military's huge budget, they were ill-equipped to fight Boko Haram.

Although the military has this year retaken most of the territory the group had captured.


Boko Haram at a glance:

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  • Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education - Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden" in Hausa
  • 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"

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