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Islamic militants suspected in attacks that kill 90 in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Twin car bombs at a bustling city marketplace in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state blasted buildings to rubble and killed at least 51 people, officials and survivors reported Sunday.

A second attack on a farming village in Borno state razed every thatched-roof hut and killed at least 39 people, survivors said. Both attacks on Saturday came amid increasing attacks by Nigeria's Islamic extremists.

The twin bombings occurred in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and birthplace of the Boko Haram terrorist network. Rescuers said many bodies had yet to be recovered from the rubble. The victims included children dancing at a wedding celebration and people watching a soccer match at a cinema, survivors said.

No one had claimed responsibility for the bombings and the attack on the village 40 miles from Maiduguri, but Boko Haram was suspected. The group has carried out a series of attacks in the Muslim-dominated north. Last week, militants attacked a school, killing at least 58 students, officials said.

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