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Bomb explosions kill at least 10 in northeast Nigeria

At least 10 people have been killed in two bomb blasts that ripped through a bustling market in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Madagali, a survivor says.

Survivor Ahmadu Gulak said the Friday blasts hit simultaneously at opposite ends of a grains and vegetables market.

Gulak, who is a driver and was buying tea in the market, told The Associated Press that he had counted at least 10 bodies and dozens of wounded being ferried to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists have been blamed for the attack on the edge of the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, which the Nigerian military has been bombing ahead of ground assaults.

Boko Haram militants have been attacking soft targets since the military has dislodged them from towns and villages this year.

Police spokesman Othman Abubakar confirmed the explosions but said rescuers were still working and it was too early to give an exact toll.

He said it was unclear if the attacks came from bombers blowing themselves up or planted explosives.

Madagali was liberated last year after months in the hands of Boko Haram. It is 150 kilometers southeast of the biggest northeastern city, Maiduguri, which has been the epicenter of Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency.

At least 30 people were killed when a bus station near the same market was targeted by two women bombers in December 2015.

Boko Haram terrorists also opened fire on mourners at a funeral in Madagali in June, killing 18 people.

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