How 10-yr-old female suicide bomber killed 15, injured 47 in Damaturu


A 10-year-old girl on Sunday detonated an explosive device at a crowded market in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, killing herself and 14 others.

Forty-seven others sustained injuries in the suicide bomb in the attack which occurred at 9:05a.m.

Those that sustained injuries were treated at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu.

Two women who were said to be accomplices have been arrested by the police, according to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Toyin Gbadegeshin.

Gbadegeshin, who made the confirmation to newsmen in Damaturu, said that “A female suicide bomber, aged about 10 years, detonated the explosive device at a crowded main entrance of the popular Sunday Market, killing 15 people, including 10 females and five males, while injuring 47 others.”

The police spokesman who said that suicide bombers used mortars similar to those recovered from suspected bombers on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Monday, during which three policemen and five suicide bombers were killed, said five other units of undetonated explosives were recovered at the scene of the explosion.

Gbadegeshin urged the public to be cautious and remain observant of suspected persons, bags and movements around their environments.

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