Nigeria blast: ‘More than 30’ dead in Yola explosion

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The blast appears to have struck a busy market area where traders were closing up for the day.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Yola on Saturday, declaring that the Islamist militant movement Boko Haram was close to defeat.

Yola has twice been hit by deadly bomb attacks this year.

The city lies in the northern state of Adamawa, one of the worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Founded in 2002, initially focused on opposing Western-style education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa languageLaunched military operations in 2009Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds abducted, including at least 200 schoolgirlsJoined so-called Islamic State, now calls itself IS’s “West African province”Seized large area in north-east, where it declared caliphateRegional force has retaken most territory this year

BBC

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