News ID: 119437
Published: 0253 GMT June 05, 2015

Scores killed in Nigeria president's first week in office

Scores killed in Nigeria president's first week in office

The death toll from two blasts in northeast Nigeria rose to 35 on Friday, raising the total number killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks to 82 during President Muhammadu Buhari's first week in office.

Rescue officials in the Adamawa state's capital Yola said 31 people had been confirmed dead in the explosion that ripped through a market on Thursday, with another 38 wounded, AFP reported.

The Yola blast followed a suspected bombing in Maiduguri, capital of neighboring Borno state, that killed at least four people when a truck carrying firewood rammed into a checkpoint outside a military barracks.

The violence on Thursday came as Buhari ended his first foreign trip since taking office.

He visited Chad and Niger, which with Cameroon are Nigeria's key allies in the battle against Boko Haram, blamed for 15,000 deaths since 2009.

Buhari urged closer regional security cooperation, thanking troops from Nigeria's neighbors for their efforts to date while demanding more action from a multi-national force battling the terrorists on the frontline.

He vowed to crush the Boko Haram terrorists when he was sworn in one week ago but the spate of bombings through his first week in office highlighted the severity of the challenge.

Boko Haram has been weakened by a four-nation offensive launched in February but the terrorists have proved resilient in the past.

 

   
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