Terrorists bomb Nigeria

 

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Over 30 people have been killed by an explosion in a busy market in the Northern Nigerian city of Yola, in the latest of a string of attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

This is the second time this year that Yola has been the target of a deadly bombing, despite the Nigerian government’s attempts to clamp down on terrorism in the West African nation. Over 80 people were injured and taken to hospital as a result of the blasts.

EN4 News spoke to the UK Foreign Office, who told us that the UK welcomes “the recent successes made by Nigeria and it’s neighbours against Boko Haram. However, the actions of Boko Haram continue to have a devastating impact upon local communities and threaten security in North East Nigeria and the wider region.

 “The UK remains fully committed to supporting the efforts of Nigeria and its neighbours in their fight against Boko Haram. We are providing a substantial and increasing package of intelligence, military and development support to Nigeria. This includes training and advice for Nigerian units deploying against Boko Haram, £5m to support the regional task force set up by Nigeria and its neighbours to tackle the insurgents, and humanitarian aid to support civilians affected by the conflict.”

The Nigerian embassy to the UK were unable to give a comment on the explosion or what the Nigerian government is doing to combat Boko Haram.

Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is forbidden”, has been responsible for a number of fatal attacks throughout Nigeria, including the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls last year. They recently publicly announced their allegiance to the Islamic State, and now call themselves IS’s West African province.

Our international correspondent, Cassie Burke has a round-up on the story:

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