Two female suicide bombers today, January 11, blew themselves up at the crowded Kasuwar Jagwal GSM market in Potiskum, Yobe State.
"We evacuated six bodies including those of the two female suicide bombers to the hospital. Twenty-one people were injured in the attacks. One of the bombers looked 23 and the other 15,” a security source told AFP.
“The first bomber -- the 23 year-old -- detonated her explosives just outside the entrance of the market, where volunteers were sweeping people going inside the market with metal detectors. The second bomber was terrified by the explosion and she tried to dash across the road but she also exploded,” the official added.
A member of the local vigilante confirmed fears that young girls were being forced to participate in the atrocities saying of the 15-year-old: “I doubt if she actually knew what was strapped to her body.”
The security source and a nurse at the Potiskum General Hospital confirmed the casualty figure.
The latest attack comes just a day after a girl of about 10-years-old blew herself up at a market in Maiduguri, Borno State.