A GIRL thought to be as young as seven has blown herself up in a busy Nigerian market, killing five people along with herself and wounding dozens more.
The girl was reported to have been turned away from a security checkpoint at the entrance to a mobile phone market in Potiskum, the commercial capital of northeastern Yobe State, on Sunday.
But she returned and ducked under a rope before the explosives strapped to her body detonated.
The attack came as the Nigerian military hailed a significant victory in retaking the town of Baga, captured by Boko Haram just after New Year with the loss of up to 2 000 lives.
No one has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bombing in Potiskum yet, but previous attacks have been blamed on Boko Haram.
The group has warned that it will use children as combatants and released pictures of young boys training with AK47 assault rifles.
The Potiskum attack was the second this year.
On January 11, two suicide bombers, one as young as 15, blew themselves up outside the market killing six people and injuring 37 others.
Buba Lawan, the leader of a civilian protection force, said suspicious security guards had tried to stop the latest bomber.
“We sent her back four times, because given her age, she did not have anything to do in the market,” he said.
“When we were screening people, she bent and tried to pass under the ropes, some distance from our view.
“That was when the explosives went off.”
– The Telegraph