Blast kills 31 people in northeast Nigerian state of Borno - residents

Audu Marte  AFP  Getty Images Paramedics carry a young victim of a blast at the hospital

The victims were reported to be returning from celebrating the Eid el-Fitrholiday when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Shuwari and nearby Abachari neighbourhoods in the town around 10:45 pm. It will be recalled that 20 persons were on Sunday killed and 48 others injured in a massive explosion in Damboa.

"The wounded and the dead were evacuated to a hospital while the scene was sanitised by a deployment of police EOD unit".

Though the military had said repeatedly that the insurgents had been defeated technically, they have still been very active in suicide bombing.

"The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria's northeast that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.1 million targeted for humanitarian assistance", the United Nations said in a statement to ABC News.

Audu Marte  AFP  Getty Images Paramedics stretcher a victim of a blast at the hospital in Maiduguri Nigeria
Audu Marte AFP Getty Images Paramedics stretcher a victim of a blast at the hospital in Maiduguri Nigeria

"We are all saddened by the unfortunate incident that occured in Damboa", she said.

"There was nothing like an attack from the military artillery". He said six suicide bombers were responsible for the explosion.

Borno State Commissioner of Police Damian Chukwu said the number of casualties may rise as numerous wounded were in critical condition and may not survive.

The military, however, said the attack was carried out by suicide bombers.

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Maina lamented that a lot of people that were affected were mostly children adding that many victims were injured. "So far, the victims have been responding to treatment", he said.

"Boko Haram still maintains both the intent and operational capacity to launch mass casualty attacks in parts of northeastern Nigeria", Cummings said, despite the government's repeated claims that the group is on the back foot.

The Damboa incident came as an isolated incident that eventually marred the celebration.

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Boko Haram roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden".

One of the insurgents was heard saying that God is more than any individual.

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