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Scores feared dead in Nigeria bombing

on July 01, 2014 10:10 AM

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A car bomb exploded in a market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri this morning, and dozens of people are feared dead, witnesses said.

They immediately blamed Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group whose birthplace is Maiduguri and which is accused of a series of recent bomb attacks in the West African nation.

Today’s explosives were hidden under a load of charcoal in a pickup van, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Other witnesses said they saw about 50 bodies, and that five cars and some tricycle taxis were set ablaze by the explosion.

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