Bombs Hit North Nigerian City of Gombe Killing at Least 30

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Multiple bombs exploded at bus stations in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe late Wednesday, killing at least 30 people.

Three blasts that hit the Dadin Kowa and Dukku bus stations also injured 105, Abubakar Yakubu, the Gombe regional secretary of the Red Cross Society of Nigeria, said from the city.

The bus park attacks come a week after twin blasts at a market in the same city left dozens of people dead. Gombe, the capital of the state of the same name, is one of many areas that have suffered multiple attacks in the north that have killed hundreds in recent weeks.

At the Dukku station, “the bombs were concealed in two different bags and they went off simultaneously, while people were still at the park,” Adamu Chiroma, an eye witness, said by phone. “We just heard the loud bangs, one after the other and we had to run for our dear lives.”

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to ramp up support for Nigeria’s fight against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram when he met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during his four-day visit to Washington this week.

The insurgents have been waging a six-year insurgency to impose their version of Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa’s most populous nation, killing thousands and displacing more than 1.5 million people.

Buhari said in an opinion article in the Washington Post this week that the upsurge in attacks since he took office in late May isn’t a sign his government is losing the battle against Boko Haram. Fewer confrontations against the military indicates the rebels are weakening, he said.

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