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  • 2 March 2014, 18:10

Nigeria: Three Attacks Kill At Least 90

Two car bomb explosions at a busy marketplace in Nigeria have killed at least 51 people, while 39 people were killed by gunmen nearby.

The blasts happened in the northeast city of Maiduguri which is the birthplace of the country's Islamic extremist terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The explosions took place on Saturday night, and caused some buildings to collapse, burying people in the rubble.

The victims included children dancing at a wedding celebration and people watching a football match at an outdoor cinema.

The first blast came from a truck carrying firewood and caused few casualties. Most people were killed by a car which exploded as people rushed to the scene of the first blast.

Survivors said they captured a man who jumped out of the car, grabbed a tricycle taxi and tried to make off. He was badly beaten and taken to nearby Umaru Shehu General Hospital.

Some 30 miles away in Mainok, dozens of attackers dressed in military uniforms fired rocket propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs as people prepared for prayers.

Resident Yahaya Umar said: "They came in around 7pm and opened fire indiscriminately with RPGs, explosives and AK-47 rifles.

"They killed 39 people who were buried this morning and destroyed the whole town."

The attacks are a major setback to a new army and air force offensive under new commanders against the Islamic uprising, after President Goodluck Jonathan fired his entire military command in January.

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