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Deadly Blasts Rock Northeastern Nigeria, Claiming 18 Lives

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In Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, a series of explosions has resulted in at least 18 fatalities and left 30 others injured, according to officials. One of the blasts targeted a wedding ceremony on Saturday, killing six people and wounding several others. The state's emergency management agency reported that suspected suicide bombers attacked a

wedding, funeral, and hospital in the town of Gwoza.Borno state has been a focal point of a 15-year insurgency led by Boko Haram, which has caused over 40,000 deaths and displaced more than two million people. Boko Haram became infamous globally in 2014 when it abducted over 270 schoolgirls from Chibok, also in

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Borno state. On Saturday, authorities confirmed 18 deaths, including children, adults, and pregnant women. However, local media outlets, including Nigeria's Vanguard and This Day newspapers, reported a higher death toll of at least 30.In response, the military has imposed a curfew in the area. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Gwoza, initially seized by Boko Haram in 2014 and reclaimed by Nigerian forces in 2015, remains vulnerable to attacks and kidnappings by the militants. Last November, 20 people were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in neighboring Yobe state, a day after the group killed 17 people in Gurokayeya village over a refused harvest tax.

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