A suicide bomber, believed to be about 12, blew herself up in a market in northeast Nigeria’s insurgency-plagued Yobe state, residents and medics said. The blast, Tuesday, killed 10 people and injured more than 30 others. The bomber detonated her explosives among traders and customers at a weekly market in the remote Wagir village.
“I saw the suicide bomber, a small girl of not more than 12 years. I counted over 10 people that were dead,” said Hussani Ibrahim, a driver, who added that he helped transport 23 injured to a hospital in Damaturu.
Yobe state has repeatedly come under attack by Boko Haram militants. Although no one claimed responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attack.
A day earlier, a 17-year old girl killed 20 people and injured 50 in a suicide attack on a bus station in neighboring Madiguri, the capital of the state of Borno.
Boko Haram has stepped up suicide attacks and deadly raids, despite major successes by a four-nation regional military alliance tasked with reclaiming swaths of Nigerian territory seized by the group. The coalition consists of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.