Nigeria Market Bombing Kills 20 in Northeast State of Borno

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At least 20 people were killed on Tuesday by a bomb blast at a market in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.

A device planted at the market in the village of Sabon Gari along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway exploded at about 1:30 p.m. and injured at least 25 people, said Abdul Mohammed, a member of a pro-government militia group.

Nigeria is facing an upsurge in attacks since Muhammadu Buhari became president at the end of May after campaigning to crush an Islamist insurgency in the north. While nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, militant group Boko Haram has been waging a six-year battle 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 visited Benin last week, which said it will contribute 800 troops to a regional military force combating Boko Haram. The conflict has drawn troops from neighboring nations, and assistance from countries such as the U.K. and the U.S.

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