There was no immediate claim for the bombings but they bore the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has been waging a six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in Africa's biggest economy.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election on March 28, has been heavily criticized for failing to crush the group. The vote was postponed for six weeks from Feb. 14 for security reasons.
Around noon on Saturday, the driver of a motorized tricycle detonated a bomb when the vehicle was prevented from entering a fish market on the Baga road in the west of Maiduguri, market trader Mohammad Ajia said after fleeing the scene.
Another blast hit the busy Monday market shortly afterwards. A car bomb exploded later by a bus station near a Department of State Security (DSS) office, according to a civilian member of a joint task force.
State police commissioner Clement Adoda said via text message there had been four blasts in the city, without elaborating on the location or nature of the fourth explosion.
"We've received 50 dead bodies from the blast scenes and 36 injured people," Salisu Kwaya Bura, Chief Medical Officer of Borno Specialists Hospital, told reporters. (Continue Reading.)
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Dozens Dead in Jihadists Attacks in Maiduguri, Nigeria
Millions of Europeans rallied in Paris in memory of slain Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. These millions of Europeans aren't nearly as upset about the daily jihad death toll in Africa.
Posted by David Wood at 4:30 PM
Labels: Boko Haram, Nigeria
We are accustomed to the savagery of Africa, a wasteland of a continent.
No we are not accustomed to this savagery, yes we are completely overwhelmed by this insanity but our faith in Christ is unyielding and NO my country is not a wasteland.
Well said bisi kuku!
Africa is absolutely not a wasteland, it is land where amid great evil, there is great overcoming!
When calamity and persecution befalls Christians in Africa, we think that they do not feel it as we do because it is so consistent. This is a lie! The frequency of evil does not lessen the horror of it!
Christians in Africa face tribulation that we in the West have no idea about, and they do it while worshiping and praising their God and Saviour!
God bless you my brothers and sister in Africa! You inspire me with your courage, tenacity and faith!
God knows what you have endured for Him! Stay strong in the knowledge that not one hair on your head is hurt without Him knowing.
God bless and protect Afrika!
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