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Nine killed, 26 injured in bomb blast on Nigeria-Cameroon border

A bomb ripped through a crowded market on a bridge along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon on Monday, killing nine people and injuring several others, security sources said.

The bomb exploded around 1520 GMT on the Nigerian side of the El Beid bridge, which separates the town of Gamboru in Nigeria from Fotokol in Cameroon.

“Preliminary findings revealed that nine people were killed and all are Nigerians,” an army officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Twenty-six people were injured, including 21 Nigerians and five Cameroonians, the officer said.

The Boko Haram jihadist group operates on both sides of the border and has frequently carried out deadly suicide attacks.



Gamboru, a trading hub, has been rocked by violence since August 2014 when Boko Haram jihadists seized the town along with nearby Ngala.

Boko Haram’s decade-long conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes in northeast Nigeria.A bomb ripped through a crowded market on a bridge along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon on Monday, killing nine people and injuring several others, security sources said.

The bomb exploded around 1520 GMT on the Nigerian side of the El Beid bridge, which separates the town of Gamboru in Nigeria from Fotokol in Cameroon.

“Preliminary findings revealed that nine people were killed and all are Nigerians,” an army officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Twenty-six people were injured, including 21 Nigerians and five Cameroonians, the officer said.

The Boko Haram jihadist group operates on both sides of the border and has frequently carried out deadly suicide attacks.

Gamboru, a trading hub, has been rocked by violence since August 2014 when Boko Haram jihadists seized the town along with nearby Ngala.

Boko Haram’s decade-long conflict has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes in northeast Nigeria.



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