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Dozens killed in Nigeria bombings as end of Ramadan observed

By Amy R. Connolly
Dozens killed in Nigeria bombings as end of Ramadan observed
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari fired several top military chiefs, replacing them with merit-based candidates, following a wave of attacks by terrorist group Boko Haram that have killed hundreds in Nigeria and surrounding countries over the past two weeks. Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department

DAMATURA , Nigeria, July 17 (UPI) -- At least 60 people have been killed in separate bomb blasts across northeastern Nigeria in the past 24 hours as local Muslims gathered to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr feast that marks the end of Ramadan.

Friday, two bombs detonated in open-air prayer areas, known as Eid grounds, where worshippers were gathered in observance of the final day of the holy month. Nigerian army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said the two suicide bombers included a 10-year-old girl. Because of the threat of violence, worshipers were being screened before entering the Eid grounds.

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"The first blast went off around 7:15 p.m. local time while security volunteers who had come earlier than worshipers were waiting for the worshipers so they could assist in crowd control," said eyewitness Ahmad Adamu, a security volunteer. "While we were attending to the victims we heard another blast about 500 meters (547 yards) away."

Thursday, at least 50 people were killed and dozens of others injured in separate bomb blasts in the Gombe Central Market, crowded with shoppers preparing for the feast day. One of the blasts was caused by a female suicide bomber and the other by a bomb hidden in a market.

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No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks in either areas, but many are considering the militant group Boko Haram as the likely suspect.

The attack comes just two days after President Muhammudu Buhari appointed new military chiefs and vowed to quash the Boko Haram, which has seized a large area of northeastern Nigeria and declared a caliphate. Amnesty International said the group has killed at least 17,000 since its uprising began in 2009.

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