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#NigeriaAttack: At least 40 dead after Yola bombing

The blast was set off by a suicide bomber targeting traders at a fruit & vegetable market.

FILE: The blast was set off by a suicide bomber targeting traders at a fruit & vegetable market. Picture: Samson Omale/EWN.

NIGERIA - At least 40 people have reportedly been killed following an explosion which hit Yola in the Adamawa State, north east of Nigeria on Tuesday evening.

EWN's reporter in Nigeria, Samson Omale, said the blast in Yola came just a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari visited the city to decorate troops fighting in the front lines as the war against Boko Haram terrorist continues.

The blast was set off by a suicide bomber at the Jambutu bypass in the Jimeta area of the city at about 8pm close to the main vegetable market.

It is said to have targeted traders as they were closing for the day.

Many of the injured were rushed to the hospital in the Yola, where they are being treated.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident yet.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the blast bore the hallmarks of militant group Boko Haram which has killed thousands over the last six years in its bid to create a state adhering to strict Sharia law in the northeast.

Suspected members of Boko Haram have killed around 1,000 people since Buhari took office in May, vowing to crush the militant group.

Since losing most of the territory they took over earlier this year to the Nigerian army, the militants have focused attacks on markets, bus stations and places of worship, as well as hit-and-run attacks on villages.

Note: Additional reporting by Reuters.