At least 19 people were killed and 70 injured when three suicide bombers struck at a fish market around 8.30 pm in Konduga, Borno state, in northeast Nigeria on Friday, civilian militia leaders said.
A lot of people were doing last minute shopping at Tashan Kifi when the suicide bombers, all men, detonated the improvised explosive devices on their bodies.
Of the 70 injured, 22 were in a critical condition. The injured people were sent to a hospital in Maiduguri, Borno’s capital.
Tashan Kifi is a market, eatery and hang-out for residents.
Civilian Joint Task Force leaders blamed the attack on Boko Haram jihadists hundreds of whom went on trial at civilian courts at a military base this week. One of them linked to the 2014 abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok was jailed for 15 years.
The military and police did not comment on the suspects behind the blasts. They view Boko Haram as a spent force.
On Tuesday, the army said Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was on the run disguised as a woman and wearing a hijab following military attack on his hideout. They have announced a reward of $8,310 for credible information leading to his arrest. The US has offered $7 million for information on his whereabouts.
As jihadists of Boko Haram continue their attacks, civilians have to bear the brunt. The jihadi violence has left at least 20,000 people dead and over 2.6 million homeless since 2009 in Nigeria.