Suicide Bomb Kills Dozens in Nigeria

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  • TEMPO.CO, Yobe - A suicide bomber killed at least 29 people during the procession of Shi'ite Muslims’ ritual of Ashoura in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state on Monday, November 3, 2014. Officials accused Boko Haram of masterminding the attack.

    "Yobe has been the center of conflict between Shi’a rebels and Boko Haram. Soldiers started shooting immediately after the explosion, but it was not clear who they fired at or if anyone was hit by the gunfire," said Abubakar Saliu, a local resident, as reported by Reuters.

    In a separate incident, gunmen using explosives blew their way into a prison in the city of Lokoja, killing one person and freeing 144 inmates.

    "Twenty six inmates of the Lokoja prison who was freed in the Kogi raid had been recaptured. We are not sure whether any of the escapees were Boko Haram members," said Adams Omale, prisons coordinator for the state.

    The Nigerian government has been in conflict with the extremist group since last April. The conflict started after the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in Chibok. A truce was agreed upon, however Boko Haram continued to attack northeast Nigeria killing hundreds of people.

    RINDU P. HESTYA | REUTERS