Three bombings rocked separate targets in Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 47 people and wounding 50 in all three cases.
Witnesses said the first attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber at the Baga fish market at about 11am, Abubakar Gamandi, the head of the fisherman’s union in Borno State.
“A female suicide bomber exploded as soon as she stepped out of a motorised rickshaw,” said Gamandi, who was at the scene. “Eighteen people were killed.”
That account was supported by a nurse at the Maiduguri General Hospital, where many of the victims were taken.
About an hour later a bomb blast hit the popular Monday Market, killing another 15 people, according to Gamandi and the nurse, who requested anonymity.
The first two attacks were confirmed by Borno’s Justice Commissioner Kaka Shehu, but he declined to provide casualties figures until rescue workers had completed their searches.
Shortly after 1:00 pm Shehu phoned AFP in Maiduguri to confirm a third bombing at the busy Borno Express bus terminal, but details, including on casualties, were not immediately available.