56 Reportedly Killed by Car Bomb in Nigeria

According to a civilian patrol group, 56 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria on Tuesday. The group, the Civilian Joint Task Force, recovered the bodies at the site. Witnesses and officials have blamed Boko Haram for the attack.

According to Al Jazeera, the bomb went off at 8 a.m. in a crowded market. When firefighters reached the scene, "unruly crowds tried to attack [them], accusing them of arriving too slowly and hindering their efforts to put out the raging blaze."

The Associated Press reports that Nigerian officials have tried to play down the death toll. The government has still not been able to rescue the hundreds of women, girls, and boys kidnapped by Boko Haram in recent months.

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