The terrorist group Boko Haram blew themselves up in the market

Nigeria launches special military force against Boko Haram

Village chief Lawan Kalli said Tuesday at least three suicide bombers entered Mandarari's market around 5 p.m. posing as buyers, then an undetermined number went to the nearby camp for people displaced by Nigeria's conflict while at least one stayed at the market. They detonated their explosives nearly simultaneously, Lawan Kalli said.

In its most lethal attack ever, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the killing of at least 186 people in Kano on January 20, in coordinated bombings and shootings.

Twenty-eight people were initially killed at the explosion site, and two others died after being taken to a hospital in the town of Maiduguri, where they died at admission, according to a medic at the state-run hospital.

Suspected suicide bombers have reportedly killed no fewer than 27 people and wounded 83 in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Nigeria on Tuesday launched a special military force to enhance security network against Boko Haram, particularly in the northeast region.

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It quoted an emergency service official as saying that two other suicide bombers also blew themselves up at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, leaving many injured.

The Islamist group faced several reversals a year ago, losing large swathes of territory to the Nigerian military.

But the radical group has struck back with renewed zeal since June.

Abubakar Shekau is the current leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, he was deputy to founder Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed by police in 2009 while in custody. The media are sugeesting that the attackers may be affiliated with a terrorist group.

They have carried out attacks against civilian and military personnel, causing the deaths of scores of people and kidnapping several others.

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