10 dead and several injured in a suicide explosion in Nigeria


by Bamidele Babalola

About ten persons were feared killed in a bomb explosion that rocked Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, yesterday, ?about noon.

The bomb was hidden under the hijab garment of a girl who arrived the motor park in a commercial cab. About ten persons were feared killed while several others were injured. Most of the victims were children who had either been selling peanuts or begging for money at the time of the explosion, witnesses said.

The suicide bomber was said to be about 12 years and she pretended to be an orange hawker.

The state police commissioner, Marcus Danladi, when contacted, confirmed the incident, saying that the girl actually belonged to the Boko Haram sect.

Also, spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) of the 7th Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Damaturu, Capt. Eli Lucas, confirmed the incident to our correspondent and added that troops have been mobilised to the scene to cordon off the area.

As a result of the incident, all shops in the vicinity were hurriedly shut and the market closed for the day?s business.

When our correspondent visited the General Hospital, Damaturu where victims were taken for treatment, four people were observed being treated for various injuries sustained in the blast.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing but it fits the pattern of violence by Boko Haram.

Last year, Boko Haram began using teenage girls as suicide bombers, probably because they can evade security by hiding explosives under their hijab garments. In April same year, the extremists kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls who remain missing till today.

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