July 23, 2015 / 8:20 PM / in 2 years

Death toll rises to 37 after blasts in Nigerian city of Gombe

ABUJA (Reuters) - The death toll from multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in the northern Nigerian city of Gombe on Wednesday has risen to 37, with 105 others injured, a Red Cross official said on Thursday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people in the past six years as it tried to establish a caliphate in the northeast.

The first bomb, which exploded around 7 p.m., was detonated by a suspected suicide bomber at a mosque at Dadin Kowa motorpark as people gathered to pray, two witnesses said.

Another two blasts occurred at the gate of the major Duku bus station and a small market nearby.

“Twin explosions ... led to 37 dead, and 105 injured are currently receiving treatment at the specialist hospital and Federal Medical Center, Gombe,” said a Red Cross official.

At least 50 people were killed in two bombings at a market in the same city last Friday.

The bombings on Wednesday were the latest in a string of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in the past few weeks in the northeast of Africa’s most populous nation, which has the continent’s biggest economy.

Attacks have also been carried out in neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people and injured 32 others in northern Cameroon on Wednesday.

Separately, at least nine people were killed in the community of Pompomari, near the large town of Biu in Borno state, in a raid on Wednesday night by suspected Boko Haram militants, military and police sources said on Thursday.

Borno, which borders Gombe state, is the heartland of the Boko Haram insurgency. ‎Militants attacked another village near Biu, called Buratai, earlier this week, the hometown of the new chief of army staff.

Reporting by Isaac Abrak in Abuja; Additional reporting by Ardo Abdallah in Bauchi and Lanre Ola in Maiduguri; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram Editing by Alison Williams

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