Two girls have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria

Two girls aged seven or eight have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria.

Two girls believed to be either age seven or eight have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria, killing at least one person and wounding eighteen people. The Police in the town of Maiduguri, Borno state, told BBC that the attack happened when the market was crowded with shoppers.

The girls detonated their explosives minutes apart, witnesses said. Both of them were killed. No group has said it was behind the bombings but the Boko Haram militants are believed to have carried out the attack as they do so frequently in Maiduguri. In the past few months, the Nigerian army has made gains against the group but it still carries out regular bombings.

A member of a militia in Maiduguri, Abdulkarim Jabo, told the media that the two young girls were aged either seven or eight; he also said that they arrived at the market in a rickshaw.

A random picture of some Boko Haram members.

“They got out of a rickshaw and walked rig
ht in front of me without showing the slightest sign of emotion,” he said.

“I tried to speak with one of them, in Hausa and in English, but [they] didn’t answer. I thought they were looking for their mother.”

He said the first girl had headed towards a market stall and then detonated her belt of explosives. Boko haram Militants have carried out a string of deadly attacks in north-east Nigeria in recent weeks.

Little About Boko Haram

Boko Haram has been active in Nigeria since 2009. The name of the group means “Western” or “non-Islamic” education is a sin. The group is active in the north of Nigeria, and wants to impose Islamic law as the only law in Nigeria. It also wants to outlaw education that is not based on Islam in the country.

The group sees itself as similar to the Taliban, which are active in Afghanistan. Locally, the group is known as the “Taliban”. The official name of the group is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad.”

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