“Two seven-year-old girls blew themselves up in a suicide bomb attack at a busy market in Nigeria.
“One other person was killed while at least 17 were injured in the explosions in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
“Officials blamed the ‘Boko Haram’ Islamic extremist group that has staged numerous attacks in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the insurgency.
“On Friday, two women suicide bombers exploded in a market at Madagali, 150 kilometres (95 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, killing 57 people and wounding 177, including 120 children.
“In a particularly horrific instance, a woman suicide bomber carrying a baby on her back was shot by soldiers at a checkpoint on November 28. The shot detonated her explosives, killing the woman and the baby.
“‘Boko Haram’ has used scores of women and girls in suicide bombings, prompting suspicions that some are among the many thousands that they have kidnapped over the years.
“Sunday’s blasts occurred near Maiduguri’s Monday Market, just weeks after the state government reopened the roads leading to the market. They had been closed for nearly two years over security concerns following previous bombings at the market that killed dozens of people.
“President Muhammadu Buhari declared the Boko Haram uprising “technically defeated” a year ago. On Friday, he vowed Nigeria’s military is working
“at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram”.
“The seven-year insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people, forced 2.6 million from their homes and created a massive humanitarian crisis.
“‘Boko Haram’, which has one branch allied to the Islamic State group, wants to install an Islamic state in Nigeria, West Africa’s oil giant of 170 million people divided almost equally between a mainly Christian south and predominantly Muslim north.”
–‘Nigeria: Two girls, both aged 7, blow themselves up in suicide bomb attack’,
Tom Powell. Evening Standard (U.K.), Nov.22, 2016
“The attack carried out by the two suicide bombers killed at least three people, according to the state emergency agency ‘NEMA’ spokesman, Sani Datti, who spoke to ‘Reuters’. The locals told the news agency that up to nine people died.
“A local militia member, Abdulkarim Jabo, told ‘AFP’ he saw the girls seconds before the explosion.
“They got out of a rickshaw and walked right 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 she didn’t answer. I thought they were looking for their mother.”
One of the girls
“headed toward the poultry sellers, and then detonated her explosives belt.” …
“Boko Haram has killed about 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million in Nigeria in a seven-year insurgency, according to ‘AP’.”
–‘2 girls ‘aged 7 or 8’ blow themselves up in Nigeria market, injuring at least 17’,
RT, 11 Dec., 2016