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Sun Mar 2, 2014, 10:22 AM

More killing in Nigeria than Ukraine yesterday - "Twin Nigeria blasts kill at least 50 in Maiduguri"

Two explosions targeting a busy market in the town of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria have left at least 50 people dead, the Red Cross says.

Hospital sources say many of the victims were children.

Maiduguri is the headquarters of a military force fighting against the Boko Haram Islamist group, which has stepped up its attacks in the area.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday night.

It happened at a crowded market near the airport. The blasts were so powerful that buildings were reduced to rubble.

The bombs were hidden inside a truck full of wood and inside a saloon car. As people tried to rescue victims of the first blast, the second was detonated.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26403225

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Reply More killing in Nigeria than Ukraine yesterday - "Twin Nigeria blasts kill at least 50 in Maiduguri" (Original post)
FarCenter Mar 2014 OP
brooklynite Mar 2014 #1
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FarCenter Mar 2014 #4

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 10:27 AM

1. Um, so we should't care about what's happening in Ukraine?

Where we know the parties involved?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 10:33 AM

2. We should maintain a balanced view of conflicts around the world

We don't know the parties involved in Nigeria?

Perhaps we need more news stories on Nigeria to acquaint us with them.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 10:36 AM

3. Your Story:

"No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday night. "

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 10:52 AM

4. The attack is attributed to Boko Haram

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But Maiduguri, the capital of the state of Borno, is situated in the region where the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group has carried out a number of recent deadly attacks in its declared bid to create a strict Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

An attack in January on a popular market in the city killed dozens of people.

Boko Haram, which means "Western education is evil" in the local Hausa language, has staged attacks across the north and center of the country since 2009, but recent violence has been concentrated in the northeastern region where the group was created around a decade ago.

More than 300 people were killed in February alone in attacks by the group, despite a new army and air force offensive by the government. The United Nations says nearly 300,000 people have been displaced in the region.

http://www.dw.de/death-toll-rises-in-nigeria-car-bombings/a-17467943

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