Almost 30 people were killed and more than 80 others were wounded in a series of suicide bombings near Maiduguri, the capital of Boko Haram-infested Borno state in Nigeria on Tuesday (15 August).
According to the security official, the attack was carried out by three suicide bombers, two female and a male, who took turns to detonate the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies.
The group has waged an eight-year war to create an Islamic state in north-east Nigeria, and provoked worldwide outrage by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls known as the Chibok girls in April 2014.
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Village chief Lawan Kalli said on Tuesday that the bombers entered the market around 5 pm (local time) posing as buyers. They detonated their explosives nearly simultaneously, Lawan Kalli said. Two other bombers reported to have attacked a refugee camp located in the area. Boko Haram provoked global outrage by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls - internationally known as the Chibok Girls - in April 2014.
In its most lethal attack ever, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the killing of at least 186 people in Kano on January 20, in coordinated bombings and shootings.
But the radical group has struck back with renewed zeal since June.
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A rival faction - based in the Lake Chad region, led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi and boasting ties to Islamic State - has become a deadly force capable of carrying out highly-organised attacks.
The eight-year insurgency of Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, has displaced millions in Nigeria and neighboring countries and has killed more than 20,000 people. At least 37 people, including members of the team, died during the rescue operation.
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