[BOKO HARAM] 18 killed, over 20 injured as Female suicide bomber hits Maiduguri market
A suicide bomb attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has killed at least 18 people, police in Borno state say.
The blast happened at about 12:40pm local time (11:40 GMT) on Saturday near the live chicken section of the city’s Monday Market, AFP news agency said.
It said the attacker was believed to be a girl as young as 10 years old
Eye Witness said there were 18 deaths while another 20 people were injured.
He added that there were in fact two girls.
The bombing occurred a day after violence in Baga, another town in Borno on the border with Chad, left about 2,000 people – mostly children and women – dead, according to Amnesty International, the UK-based human-rights organisation.
Maiduguri’s Monday Market was targeted twice in a week by female bombers late last year.
Gideon Jubrin, Borno police spokesperson, confirmed on Saturday that the bomber was again a female.
There were conflicting reports of casualties with the death toll expected to rise.
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