No fewer than 20 persons were killed in a bomb explosion at a village market in Borno State on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the incident also left 25 persons critically injured.
A member of the local youth vigilance group, Abubakar Ibrahim, told our correspondent on the telephone, “Many people were killed in Sabon Gari market along the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway this (Tuesday) afternoon when a bomb explosion rocked the market.
“Our men heard a loud explosion at about 1.35pm. When they got there, people were mangled beyond recognition.”
He added that the incident was not a suicide bombing, explaining that the bomb was placed at the centre of the market.
Another member of the youth vigilance group in Sabon Gari, Ishaq Abdullahi, told our correspondent on the telephone that they picked 20 corpses from the market.
Abdullahi said 25 other persons were injured in the attack, which occurred at about 1.35pm on Tuesday.
He said they were called to evacuate the corpses and assist the injured to the hospital.
“I counted 20 dead bodies and our men assisted 25 injured persons to health facilities,” he added.
Sabon Gari is a village on the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu highway, a distance of about 140 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital.