30 Killed As Bomb Explodes In Borno

No fewer than 30 people were reported killed in northeast Borno in Nigeria, after an improvised explosive device went off on a bridge.

The bomb, according to Reuters, detonated at roughly 5 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, on a crowded bridge in the market town of Gamboru that leads into neighboring Cameroon.

Witnesses in the market town said more than 35 injured people were taken to the local hospital in the wake of the attack.

‘Unfortunate day’

“It is an unfortunate day for us to witness this frustrating and devastating incident in our community,” one eyewitness called Modu Ali Said was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“I just heard a loud sound of explosions, before I realized, I saw many of our friends and colleagues were killed,” Said added.

The military is yet to respond to press inquiries on the attack.

Two sources with the Civilian Joint Task Force, a group of citizens formed to fight Boko Haram, confirmed the attack to Reuters and the early death toll estimates.

No group immediately took responsibility for the attack. However, Boko Haram and its Islamic State faction, ISWAP, are active in the area.

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