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Abandoned Boko Haram bombs kill 63 in Nigeria

63 people have been killed by Boko Haram bombs in north-eastern Nigeria, locals reported today. It is the highest casualty rate of any recent attack by the Nigerian extremists. 

At about 5pm on Tuesday, 63 people were killed and many more injured by abandoned Boko Haram bombs in the town of Moguno in northeast Nigeria. The explosion was reported to Associated Press today by eyewitness Haruna Bukar, a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN).

The improvised bombs were apparently discovered in a sack at the roadside near an abandoned Boko Haram camp, Bukar reports. Civilian self-defence fighters discovered the bombs and carried them to the nearby town of Moguno to be defused. A crowd gathered around the sack in Moguno and, as the bombs were being removed, they exploded, killing 63 and injuring many more in the crowd. Bukar reported that many are being treated in hospital today.

Improvised bombs like this are commonly used by Boko Haram suicide bombers. Boko Haram suicide bombers have killed at least 97 people in northeast Nigeria since 30 May.

Boko Haram took control of much of northeast Nigeria last year. This year, however, the extremist group has been pushed back by an international offensive. The Nigerian military claims the insurgents are now limited to the Sambisa Forest.

Tristan Grove

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