Multiple suicide bombings attacking homes and a mosque on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 37 people, the National Emergency Management Agency and residents said.
Seven were also critically injured as bombers detonated a first blast on Thursday in the mosque at Molai during evening prayers and the second when residents rushed to the scene to help victims, Mohammed Kanar, the coordinator of the agency, said by phone.
Three other women also set off explosives at about 5 a.m. on Friday in the village of Umarari, near Molai, killing seven people, including the bombers, and wounding 20, said resident Abba Ibrahim.
“The scene was terrible, blood everywhere,” said Mujtaba Gana, a witness in Molai.
Despite a regional military push dislodging Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram’s hold on territory in the northeast this year, bombings in towns and cities, along with remote village massacres continue. The rebels have killed thousands since 2009 as Boko Haram seeks to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous nation.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said this week he expected Boko Haram’s insurgency to be “completely obliterated” by the end of the year, moving back an earlier deadline of mid-November he gave to the armed forces.