A suicide bomber attacked a crowded market in northeast Nigeria’s city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, moments after a bombing rocked the same spot, witnesses said.

“People rushed to offer assistance to the victims (of the first blast) and moments later a second explosion went off,” said Laminu Habib, who was in the targeted Monday Market and whose account was supported by two other witnesses.

Second bomber was a woman, according to witness

More than 45 people died Tuesday in twin bombings in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a local health worker and witnesses told AFP.

Health worker Dogara Shehu said he counted more than “45 people killed, some of them completely decapitated” in an account backed up by a witness, who declined to give his name.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that “many people have been killed” but did not have an official death toll.

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