Maiduguri (Nigeria)  – The great city of Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram movement in the north-eastern Nigeria, was shaken Saturday by three explosions attributed to Islamists, which left at least 58 dead and 139 injured .

At least one explosion was caused by a suicide bomber. Many children have been killed by these attacks attributed to Islamist Boko Haram, which hit two crowded markets and a crowded bus station.

The armed group has conducted numerous attacks in Maiduguri since the start of the uprising in 2009, recently even attempt to take the city by force before being discharged from the army.

The Nigerian army, heavily criticized for not having been able to stem the Islamist insurgency in the north-eastern Nigeria, announced it has taken a number of cities to Boko Haram in recent weeks, helped by the intervention of soldiers countries neighbors ( Chad in particular, but also Cameroon and Niger ) and some Western military ( France , Canada , USA ) positioned on the border north of Nigeria.

One or three suicide bombers?

The first explosion occurred around 11:20 (10:20 GMT) when a suicide bomber detonated his belt of explosives on the fish market “Baga”, killing at least 18 people, according Gamandai Abubakar, head of the Union of Fishermen Borno State, of which Maiduguri is the capital.

“The bomb wreaks havoc as it exploded in a crowded place,” said a trader, Jamuna Jarmi.

Boko Haram has used several times in recent months suicide bombers to carry out attacks.

An hour later, another blast hit a second market in Maiduguri, the “Monday market”, killing at least 15 people and wreaking havoc.

Finally, around 1:00 p.m. (1200 GMT), a third blast hit a parking lot against a busy bus station.

Some witnesses of the past two explosions also discussed suicide bombers but the information could not be confirmed.

Gamandi Abubakar, who was at the site of the first explosion, then went to Maiduguri hospital to help coordinate relief, where he provided an initial assessment of 47 dead and 50 wounded. An assessment confirmed by a medical source and the head of a local self-defense militia, Danlami Ajaokuta, whose fighters attending the army in its operations against Boko Haram.

According to figures provided later by the head of the Police State of Borno, Clement Adoda, the results would be higher and would reach 58 dead and 139 wounded.

According Danlami Ajaokuta, the authorities ordered the closure of all the businesses in the city, because of the apparently coordinated nature of the attacks, which actually feared others.

Furious Terrorists

After confirming the three explosions, the Commissioner for Justice for the State of Borno, Kaka Shehu, blamed Boko Haram for the killings, saying it was in retaliation for the defeats suffered in recent weeks by insurgents.

“The terrorists are furious with the way they were pushed towns and villages “they controlled and they” express their anger, “he said.

Presidential and parliamentary elections, already postponed once because the security forces said they can not secure voting against the threat Boko Haram, are scheduled for March 28 to Nigeria .

Military operations since then, both the Nigerian army and the Chadian military, Cameroon and Niger, have weakened the Islamists and will perhaps possible elections in areas formerly controlled by insurgents.

But the head of Boko Haram , Abubakar Shekau , has promised to prevent the holding of elections by violence, raising fears that the elections, hotly contested and sometimes sources of violence patterned policies , do not turn to disaster.

A Maiduguri even live hundreds of thousands of Nigerians displaced by the conflict, exploding population of the city, consisting initially of two million inhabitants.

Northerners destitute, predominantly Muslim, largely support former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, the opposition candidate for president who is neck-and-neck with the outgoing head of state Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian supported by the South oil.

Since 2009, the Islamist insurgency and indiscriminate repression by the forces of the Nigerian order made more than 13,000 dead.