SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- At least 40 people have lost their lives in a bomb explosion that hit an area near a military checkpoint in Nigeria’s violence-wrecked northeastern state of Adamawa.
Witnesses said the bomb was set off in the town of Mubi, situated over 800 kilometers (497 miles) northeast of the capital, Abuja, on Thursday. Five soldiers were among the fatalities.
“I stood outside my compound…and all of a sudden, I heard a loud bang which shook the entire surroundings,” one resident, who requested anonymity, said, adding, “The area was immediately cordoned off by the military.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the act of violence. However, Nigerian officials often blame such assaults on Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists.
On Tuesday, twin bomb blasts left at least 45 people dead in a crowded market in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.
Boko Haram militants have seized more than two dozen towns in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, raising fears about a potential loss of government control in the region.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government. It has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting attacks and bombings in various parts of Nigeria since the beginning of its activities in 2009, which have left more than 10,000 people dead so far.