Eight-year-old girls stage suicide attack at market

Updated: Dec 12, 2016, 09:22 IST | Agencies

Two girls, approximately seven or eight years old, blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian market of Maidugiri — the epicentre of the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency — yesterday, killing themselves and wounding at least 17 others, witnesses said

Kano: Two girls, approximately seven or eight years old, blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian market of Maidugiri — the epicentre of the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency — yesterday, killing themselves and wounding at least 17 others, witnesses said.

The girls were “seven or eight”, said Abdulkarim Jabo, a local militia member, adding that he saw the girls yesterday immediately before the explosion. “They got out of a rickshaw and walked right in front of me without showing the slightest sign of emotion,” he said. “I tried to speak with one of them, in Hausa and in English, but she didn’t answer. I thought they were looking for their mother,” he added.

“She headed toward the poultry sellers, and then detonated her explosives belt.”

The attack was not immediately claimed by Boko Haram, but bore all the hallmarks of the jihadists, who have regularly used women and young girls to carry out suicide attacks in their seven-year insurgent campaign in the troubled region.

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