People #PrayForNigeria After Terror Attack Kills 32, Injures 80
An explosion at a fruit and vegetable market killed 32 people and injured 80 others on Tuesday in Yola, Nigeria, according to the local Red Cross and Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency.
Officials believe militant Islamist group Boko Haram is responsible. In October, Boko Haram is also suspected of setting a bomb at a newly opened mosque, killing 27 people. Boko Haram has killed thousands over the last six years and is suspected of carrying out attacks in Chad, Niger and Cameroon in recent weeks.
Similar to the hashtag used after the massacre in Paris, #PrayForParis, people on social media are showing their support for the victims of the attack by using the hashtag #PrayForNigeria and adding a Nigerian flag filter over their profile pictures. This hashtag was also used after Boko Haram allegedly killed about 2,000 Nigerians earlier this year. People in the area are also using Facebook’s safety check feature to notify their friends they’re out of harm’s way.