Three were killed and 19 were injured in the blast in Nigeria

Three people were killed and 19 injured after an explosion in a crowded market in Nigeria’s eastern state of Taraba, local police said on Wednesday.

Usman Abdullahi, a Taraba police spokesman, said the explosion in the rural Iware community occurred on Tuesday at a drinking place in part of a lively market, leaving three dead and more than a dozen people injured.

“It is suspected to have been caused by improvised explosive devices that detonated. Investigations are underway,” Abdullahi told Reuters in a phone message.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nigeria is plagued by insecurity as armed gangs carry out attacks on communities and security targets in northern parts of the country. A bomb blast in 2015 hit a lively meat market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing as many as 50 people. And in 2016, at least two people were killed in an explosion outside a government office in Maiduguri.

The terrorist group Boko Haram is also causing chaos in the country with frequent kidnappings and attacks.

Boko Haram launched a bloody uprising in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 before expanding its attacks on neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, leading to a military response. Lots of civilians are still trapped in remote communities and cannot escape due to lack of road safety.

More than 3.4 million people have been displaced, including more than 2.7 million internally displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria, more than 684,000 internally displaced persons in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, and 294,000 refugees from the four countries, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). .

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