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Triple suicide attack kills 30

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Three suicide bombers had taken part in the attack, targeting a place where villagers had gathered to watch a soccer match on a large screen

Injured people receive treatment inside a hospital in Maiduguri, after a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno

At least 30 people have been killed in a triple suicide attack in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency officials said yesterday, in the biggest mass killing this year by suicide bombers. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Boko Haram group and its Islamic State splinter group have often carried out attacks targeting civilians and the military in Borno state. Their attacks have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions of people.

“Yesterday it was reported that there was a very loud explosion in (the village of) Konduga. On reaching the scene of the incident we found there were a lot of casualties. In fact, the death toll was over 30 and the number of injured over 42,” an official said.

The military did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier, the village head, Bulama Kalli, said three suicide bombers had taken part in the attack, targeting a place where villagers had gathered to watch a soccer match on a large screen.

Most of the victims had been buried, while several survivors were still in hospital in Maiduguri Kalli said.

Boko Haram regards soccer – often watched by Nigerians while drinking beer – as un-Islamic and the ultimate demonstration of corrupting Western influence.

Konduga is 25km from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.

The Nigerian government says the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group, have been largely defeated, but they continue to launch attacks on civilian and military targets.

The decade-long insurgency has killed more than 30000 people and displaced millions of civilians in northeastern Nigeria. Reuters