Not less than 32 people were killed, and over 80 others injured, after an explosion struck a market in the city of Yola, north eastern Nigeria, on Tuesday evening.
Confirming the incident, a Red Cross official who pleaded anonymity said, “Thirty-two people were killed and 80 have been injured after a blast hit a market.”
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), reported that the explosion took place at a fruit and vegetable market beside a main road in the Jimeta area of Adamawa’s state capital around 8 pm.
According to eyewitnesses, eight ambulances were used to transport the casualties to the hospital.
Speaking to newsmen, Alhaji Ahmed, who owns a shop in the market, said, “The ground near my shop was covered with dead bodies. I helped to load 32 dead bodies into five vehicles.”
Although, no one claimed responsibility for the blasts, the incident is however believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram militant.
The terrorist group have carried out attacks in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon in recent weeks.
They have not struck northeastern Nigeria since late October, when bombings in Yola and Maiduguri left at least 37 people dead.
The militant group have killed around 1,000 people since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May.