Two suicide bombers kill 56 people in Nigeria

The attack came as the Nigerian government claimed it was routing the Boko Haram extremists blamed for the blasts.

Two suicide bombers kill 56 people in Nigeria

People clear the scene after an explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. | Image: Jossy Ola AP/Press Association Images

Two women carried out suicide bombings at a marketplace in Nigeria, killing at least 56 people and wounding more than 60.

The explosions were carried out in the north-east Nigerian town of Madagali, on the edge of  extremist group Boko Haram's Sambisa forest stronghold.

The attack came as the Nigerian government claimed it was routing the Boko Haram extremists blamed for the blasts.

Madagali was liberated last year after months in the hands of Boko Haram. It is 95 miles south-east of the biggest north-eastern city, Maiduguri.

Army spokesperson Maj Badere said 67 people were brought to hospital with injuries.

A bus station near the same market was targeted by two female suicide bombers last December, when at least 30 people were killed. In June, Boko Haram extremists opened fire on mourners at a funeral in Madagali, killing 18 people.