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At least 45 killed in twin bomb blast in Nigeria

It’s understood one of the bombs was concealed in a rickshaw in a crowded market.

FILE: Over 45 people have been killed in twin bombings in Nigeria’s north eastern city of Maiduguri. Picture: AFP.

MAIDUGURI - Over 45 people have been killed in twin bombings in Nigeria's north eastern city of Maiduguri.

It's understood one of the bombs was concealed in a rickshaw in a crowded market when it was detonated this afternoon.

The city is a known stronghold of Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Witnesses on the scene of the latest deadly explosions in Nigeria have described how they desperately tried to save those wounded by the shrapnel.

This is the first bombing to hit the city since July.

According to witness accounts, three women were killed in the first blast while the second killed many more people who had gathered at the scene of the first explosion.

Security sources say the first bomb was detonated by a female suicide bomber at the northern flank of the market while the second went off five minutes after.

Authorities at the specialist hospital in Maiduguri have confirmed to Eyewitness News that more injured people are being brought to the accident and emergency unit of the facility for medical.

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