Dozens feared killed in Nigeria explosion

  • IANS, Yobe, Nigeria
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  • Updated: Oct 22, 2012 12:41 IST

Dozens of people were feared killed in Nigeria when an improvised bomb exploded in a crowded market in a restive town, officials said.

Spokesperson of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) Lt. Eli Lazarus confirmed the explosion Sunday night in Potiskum town in the northeastren Yobe state but did not give further details on the incident, Xinhua reported.

"Detailed report is still awaited," Lazarus said.

However, other officials in the state said the improvised explosive device (IED) blast occurred in a busy market in Potiskum, and dozens of traders and other people might have been killed in the attack.

"It was market day and the whole place was crowded," added a local security official, who preferred anonymity.

Potiskum has recently come under serious attacks by gunmen and bombers.

Earlier, at least 13 people were killed in various violent attacks carried out in the restive town of Yobe state, military authorities told Xinhua.


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