The number of people who have died in a series of deadly blasts in Nigeria thought to have been carried out by female suicide bombers has risen to more than 30, the vice-president says.

Kashim Shetim visited the hospital treating the wounded in Borno State capital Maiduguri on Monday and said there were 42 people injured, according to AFP.

The horror of Saturday’s brutal co-ordinated attacks that targeted a wedding, the victims’ subsequent funeral and a hospital in the town of Gwoza, close to the border of Cameroon, has left the community reeling.

Relatives of victims console themselves after the spate of suicide bomb attacks that hit Gwoza

President Bola Tinubu condemned the attacks calling them “desperate acts of terror”.

He vowed stern action against those responsible for the killings in the town of Gwoza and insisted that the incident had not undermined recent gains made against jihadists.

“The president declares that the purveyors of wanton violence shall have a certain encounter with justice, and that these cowardly attacks are only but an isolated episode as his government will not allow the nation to slither into an era of fear, tears, sorrow, and blood,” a statement issued by his spokesperson on Facebook said.

No-one has admitted carrying out the attacks, but the Nigeria-centred Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents have previously claimed deadly bombings in Borno.

The degree of injuries ranges from abdominal ruptures to skull and limb fractures.

A curfew has been imposed by the military.


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