Nigeria: 51 killed in car bombs

Twin car bomb blasts at a bustling marketplace killed at least 51 people in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of the country’s Islamic extremist terrorist group, a Red Cross official said Sunday.

Many more people are believed buried in rubble from the Saturday night explosions that collapsed some buildings and set others aflame with smoke billowing for hours, said the official, a resident who worked at the scene through the night but insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

The victims include children dancing at a wedding celebration and people watching a soccer match at an outdoor cinema, survivors told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Fifty corpses were retrieved, said Hassan Ali, leader of an anti-terror vigilante group.

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