At least 22 people were killed and 28 others injured in multiple suicide bombings at a local market in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, police said Saturday.
Three suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers infiltrated a local market at remote Sabon Gari, in the outskirts of state capital Maiduguri at 8.05 p.m. local time (1905GMT) Friday.
Authorities could not confirm the casualties until Saturday morning hours after the evacuation and rescue of victims.
The injured have been transferred to a hospital for treatment.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but locals say it bears semblance to previous bombings by Boko Haram.
Earlier this week, the military warned residents of possible attacks by Boko Haram in cities and towns.
At least 15 persons were killed, while 18 sustained injuries when three suicide bombers struck at a market in Konduga, Borno state, Nigeria, on Friday, APA reported citing PM News.
Bulama Kaka, a resident who witnessed the incident, told TheCable it occurred around 7pm.
Kaka said some meters away from where he was while the two other bombs were inside the market.
He said some traders were affected.
“We all ran for safety after the first thunderous blast occurred. Many people I know were killed in the attack,” he said.
An official of the State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident to TheCable, saying victims with minor injuries were receiving treatment at a hospital in Konduga.
He added that those who lost their lives and people in critical condition have been moved to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Maiduguri general hospital.
The attack happened one day after the army placed a bounty of N3 million on Abubakar Shekau, leader of the sect.