Two young girls approximately seven or eight years old blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian market on Sunday, killing themselves and one other person and wounding 18 others, sources said. The girls were “seven or eight”, a local militia member in Maiduguri, Abdulkarim Jabo, told AFP.
The attack was not immediately claimed by Boko Haram but bore the hallmarks of the jihadists, who routinely use women and girls to carry out suicide attacks, often in Borno state, the epicentre of their insurgency.
Borno Governor Kashim Shettima, visiting victims in the hospital, confirmed the toll in the attack. Maiduguri militiaman Jabo said he saw the girls Sunday immediately before the explosion.—AFP