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Death toll in Nigeria twin suicide blasts rises to 58

ANI | Updated: May 08, 2018 07:11 IST

Abuja [Nigeria], May 8 (ANI): The death toll in the last week's double twin suicide attack in Nigeria rose to 58, a government official said on Monday.
The death toll is likely to rise as rescue operations are still on.
"More people are still being looked for. At the moment, the total number of corpses so far recovered is 58," Zubairu Mai Gwari, emir of the Birnin-Gwari Local Government, was quoted by Anadolu News Agency as saying.
On Monday, the Nigerian government tightened security by deploying hundreds of soldiers in the town of Mubi in Adamawa State to prevent any untoward incidents.
The bombing attacks took place near a mosque and a market in the town last Tuesday.
The incident took place in the town of Mubi in Adamawa State at around 1 pm local time as worshippers amassed for afternoon prayers, CNN reported, police as saying.
"The first bomber went into the mosque while they were praying and detonated his explosives killing four people," a spokesman for the Adamawa State police, Othman Abubakar told CNN.
The second bomber who was a few hundred meters afar detonated his device as well, as worshippers fled the mosque, which claimed another 20 lives.
No terror outfit or group has claimed the responsibility for the attack so far.
However, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has launched previous attacks in Mubi, according to the reports.
The Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009 when the militants staged an armed rebellion against the government of Nigeria.
Suicide attacks carried out by the insurgent group have claimed more than 20,000 lives and displaced at least two million people in the last few years, according to Nigerian vice-president Yemi Osinbajo. (ANI)

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