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Boko Haram Blast at Truck Stop Kills 32 in Nigeria

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 

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A suicide bombing blamed on Boko Haram extremists killed 32 people and wounded around 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, officials said.

Most victims were vendors and passersby, police spokesman Deputy Superintendent Othman Abubakar told The Associated Press following the attack in Yola.

At least 32 people were killed and about 80 wounded victims were evacuated to hospitals after Tuesday night's blast, coordinator Sa'ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency told the AP.

It was the third suicide bombing in as many months in a city overflowing with some of the 2.3 million refugees driven from their homes by the violence linked to the Islamist militants.

"The enemies of humanity will never win. Hand in hand, we will rid our land of terrorism," Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said in a tweet.

Tuesday night's blast breaks a three-week hiatus in bombings after a string of suicide attacks culminated in twin explosions in mosques in two northeastern cities that killed 42 people and wounded more than 100 on Oct. 23. One of the mosques attacked was in Yola.

Boko Haram raids on remote villages and urban suicide bombings that have killed more than 2,000 people this year alone.

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