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Explosion kills 14 in Borno

Explosion kills 14 in Borno

Fola Akintomide

At least 14 people were killed and 48 others injured in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno when an explosion hit members of a local security group tasked to protect civilians against attacks, a security source and local hospital confirmed to Xinhua on Wednesday.

The incident occurred late Tuesday in Monguno town when members of the security group were on their way to deliver recovered explosive devices to the bomb disposal unit at a military base, said a senior army officer who preferred to be anonymous.

A senior staff at the state-run Maiduguri General Hospital said they received the bodies of the 14 deceased early Wednesday.

“We are still treating 48 victims of the incident, some in terrible conditions,” added the source, who was not officially authorized to speak to media on the development.