Victims of Nigeria Bombings
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
At least 46 people have died after two bombing incidents in Nigeria Tuesday, according to CNN. Hundreds more are injured.
The two attacks took place in two different cities 400 miles apart, but they may share a perpetrator. Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombings, the prime suspect is extremist group Boko Haram, which has been responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the past decade.
One of Tuesday's bombings took place in the city of Yola at a crowded produce market. At least 31 were killed, though other reports say 32, and 72 were injured. The explosion happened at a busy time, just after evening prayers.
Four hundred miles away, two bombs were detonated in the city of Kano, at a mobile phone market. Fifteen were killed and at least 123 injured. The suicide bombers were girls, one of them only 11 and the other 18. It's a tactic Boko Haram has used in the past, forcibly sending young women to their deaths in suicide attacks.
Kano has seen destruction at the hands of bombers before. The city was the site of a deadly bombing by Boko Haram in January 2012, leaving up to 162 people dead.
Yola's government has temporarily ordered all nighttime markets closed as a safety measure.
The bombings come after a recent rash of terrorist attacks in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Last Friday, 129 were killed in a series of attacks in Paris and 26 in two Baghdad suicide bombings. The previous day, 43 died in Beirut suicide bombings, while five were killed in Niger as they repelled a Boko Haram raid on a village.
Facebook activated its Safety Check feature in response to Tuesday's bombings in Nigeria, allowing users to mark themselves "safe" and family and friends to view their safe status. The move comes after criticism that the social network activated the feature in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris but did not offer it to other sites of attacks, such as Beirut.
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