No fewer than 32 people have been killed in a fresh bomb attack in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, while 38 others were injured. Business activities in the area was outrightly paralysed.
According to Associated Press, a Nigerian civil defense official said the blast occurred at a market. Sa’ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency said on Friday that another 38 people are being treated in the hospitals.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Thursday evening’s explosion as merchants were closing shop and others were hurrying to make last-minute purchases bore all the marks of the extremist Boko Haram movement.
The group has stepped up attacks in recent weeks after a months-long lull while a multinational force drove it from the towns where it had declared an Islamic caliphate.
More than 60 people have been killed in attacks since the weekend in Maiduguri, the northeastern city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram.