Nigerian Market Explosion Kills Six

Six people died in an explosion in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday. More than nineteen people were injured.

Local authorities said on Wednesday that the explosion happened at a busy cattle market in the Ardo-Kola local government area of the Taraba state.

Abdullahi Usman, police spokesperson in Taraba, said three people died immediately, and brought the death toll rose to six on Wednesday morning.

“The explosion hit more than 100 people, including 19 severely injured and undergoing treatment in the hospital,” Usman said.

Ladan Ayuba, an analyst with Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, said that many traders saw their goods destroyed in the attack. 

The villages in the Ardo-Kola local government area of Taraba state have been unharmed by Islamic extremist violence in the past year, but Northern Nigeria has been suffering violent attacks making the attack on Tuesday the second explosion in Taraba this year.

No group has claimed responsibility for the violence in Taraba.


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