69 killed in suicide attacks near Nigeria

Abuja, Jan 31 (IANS) At least 69 dead bodies have been registered in a morgue following multiple suicide attacks in a community near Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in Nigeria, sources at a government-run hospital said on Sunday.

An unnamed senior medical officer at the Borno State General Hospital said 55 others have been admitted into the emergency section of the health facility, following suicide attacks late on Saturday in Dalori and Walori settlements in the province, Xinhua reported.

Heavy shooting followed the explosions which rocked the settlements, while houses were razed as residents ran for lives, a local chief said.

A mortuary attendant said victims of the incident were transported to the hospital by officials of the Red Cross, the State Emergency Management Agency and some policemen.

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