A bomb blast near a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola has claimed the lives of at least 31 people and injured 38 others, an official told the Associated Press Friday. Authorities suspect that the attack was carried out by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The incident reportedly took place on Thursday after a bomb, planted in a three-wheeled vehicle, detonated inside a market in Adamawa state. No group has so far claimed responsibility but authorities said the attack was carried out in a style mostly used by Boko Haram. The latest incident follows a series of attacks that have killed over 60 people since this weekend, in Maiduguri, capital of the restive state of Borno.
"We have evacuated 32 bodies, we are taking them to two hospitals," a Red Cross ambulance driver, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters.
Boko Haram, which aims to establish an ISIS-style government in the country's north, has killed thousands of people since launching its brutal insurgency in the country six years ago.
Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari, who visited his counterparts in neighboring Niger and Chad on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss an offensive against Boko Haram, has reportedly vowed to defeat the “mindless, godless” militant group.
The United States reportedly announced Thursday that it will send a team to Nigeria in the next few weeks to discuss with the new government ways to renew the fight against Boko Haram.