Iran Raps Terrorist Blasts in Northeast Nigeria

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The Iranian Foreign Ministry has slammed Saturday’s deadly twin terrorist bombings in a crowded marketplace in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Madagali.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran always condemns terrorism in any part of the world and stresses the importance of cooperation in countering terrorist groups,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

He expressed his sympathy with the Nigerian government and nation and the bereaved families of victims over the attack.

At least 57 people were killed and 177 others sustained injuries after two women detonated their explosives at opposite ends of the bustling market in Madagali on Friday.

The chairman of the Madagali local government, Yusuf Muhammed, said on Saturday that 120 children were among those wounded.

Boko Haram Takfiri militants have been blamed for the attack which occurred on the edge of the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, which the Nigerian military has been bombing ahead of ground assaults.

The militants have been attacking soft targets since the Nigerian military has dislodged them from towns and villages this year.

Madagali was liberated last year after months in the hands of Boko Haram. It is 150 kilometers southeast of the biggest northeastern city, Maiduguri, which has been the epicenter of Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency.

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