More than 45 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeastNigeria Tuesday, the latest in a wave of such attacks blamed on Boko Haram. The attacks came after the militants seized control of another town in Nigeria’s restive northeast, adding to their increasing haul of territory captured in recent months. Health worker Dogara Shehu said he counted more than “45 people killed, some of them completely decapitated” in the blasts, an account supported by another witness.

“What we have is a case of suicide bombings involving two females,” said a senior security source in the city, who requested anonymity. The source said that the first bomber stood by a motorized rickshaw in the bustling market and took a call on her mobile phone. “She then dropped it [the mobile phone] and at that moment she blew herself up, so people thought the bomb was concealed in the rickshaw.”  “About 10 minutes later, another woman who looked about 19 and carrying what looked like a baby on her back under hijab arrived at the scene that was crowded by rescuers and locals. She then detonated the bomb on her back.”

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