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Bombers Attack Nigeria's Maiduguri While VP Visits Camps

  • Reuters

FILE - An ambulance and security vehicles are seen driving to the site of a June 2, 2015, suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

FILE - An ambulance and security vehicles are seen driving to the site of a June 2, 2015, suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency.

The blasts injured two people and happened at about 11.30 a.m. (1030 GMT) near the gates of a hospital where suicide bombers killed three people and injured 16 last Saturday, a military source and a witness told Reuters.

"The second blast occurred two minutes after the first one, killed the bomber and injured two other people nearby," said Mohammed Haruna, who helped to evacuate people from the scene.

Maiduguri has been the target of several attacks since Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa's most populous nation and biggest economy, made it the command center for the campaign against Boko Haram militants after being inaugurated on May 29.

It was not immediately clear whether the bombers had been targeting the hospital again or whether the bombs had gone off accidently.

The hospital is one of the few public buildings in an area called Molai, which is on the outskirts of Maiduguri and where security is not always as tight as in the center of the state capital of Borno.

Osinbajo was visiting a camp about 10 km (6 miles) away that houses some of the 1.5 million people displaced by Boko Haram during the militant group's six-year fight to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northeast.

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