Girl Suicide Bomber Kills 15 in Northern Nigeria

Nigerian army soldiers clear Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, 30 July 2015. Attacks by the extremist group have resulted in over 430 fatalities in July. EPA/STR

KANO, NIGERIA (DPA) – A girl suicide bomber killed at least 15 people at a bus terminal in north-eastern Nigeria, hospital sources and witnesses said Tuesday.

At least 30 others were injured when the girl, who is estimated to be 11 or 12 years old, detonated explosives strapped to her body in the town of Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, said resident Haruna Ibrahim.

"The girl came into the car park and refused to be searched [by security officials]. She later went near one car filled with passengers and detonated herself," a health worker from a nearby hospital told dpa on condition of anonymity.

Damaturu police spokesman Toyin Gbadegesin could only confirm six deaths and three people with critical injuries immediately after the blast.

Last month, three people were killed and at least five injured by a suicide bomber who exploded his car at a security checkpoint in Damaturu.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a state with its very strict interpretation of Islamic law, has killed thousands of people since 2009 in similar attacks.

 

 

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