Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday killed nearly 100 people in Monguno town in northern part of Borno State, witnesses and security sources said.
It was a market day in Monguno where grains and animals are brought and sold from far and near, thereby attracting large patronage.
The terrorists reportedly used the opportunity to sneak into the town and wreaked havoc, leading to the death of no fewer than 100 people, including traders, customers, labourers and children.
According to a security source, the bomb used by the insurgents reportedly exploded at an area known as ‘Bakassi.’
Several other people, including women and children sustained injuries during the blast which also destroyed nearby houses and merchandise, witnesses said.
Dozens of charred bodies of the victims have been brought to the Specialists Hospital in Maiduguri this morning and kept at the premises of the morgue.
Kanna Alhaji Kura, a middle aged woman said her sister was among the people killed by the explosive. “When I came to Maiduguri, I saw at least 30 dead bodies lying on the floor at the hospital before I sighted my sister and I stopped counting,” she said.
Sources in Monguno said life was gradually returning to the garrison town when the latest attack was launched.
“The market became alive just recently and the terrorists came calling once again,” said Alamin Modu, a member of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
“Sadly, the bomb was planted by one Boko Haram member called Ali. He was familiar here in Monguno and had for a very long time pretended to be a Good Samaritan,” Modu said.
A security source in Maiduguri who confirmed the attack said investigation was ongoing.
In a related development, three suicide bombers were on Tuesday killed by their own explosives after they failed in an attempt to kill unsuspecting people near Gajiram in Nganzai Local Government Area also in northern part of Borno State.