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Islamic militants blamed for blast that kills 32 in northeast Nigerian village

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Hospital and local government officials say an explosion at a village market near hideouts of Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria has killed 32 people.

Local government officials said 29 people died at the scene at Ngurosoye village. The explosion happened on Thursday and because of poor communications it is only now that word of it is getting out. The military has cut cell phone service in the area. Ngurosoye is near the Sambisa forest in Borno state bordering Cameroon where the military has been carrying out aerial bombardments and ground assaults on camps of Islamic militants.

A hospital official said three of the injured died at the hospital on Friday and Saturday. The death toll could rise with some victims seriously injured. Most victims were traders.

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