Nigeria Female suicide bomber Kills 16, Injures 32 in Northeastern City
Damaturu , Nigeria ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a bus station in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Damaturu, killing at least 16 people, police said.
An additional 32 people were injured in the explosion and taken to the hospital, Danladi Marcus, police commissioner for Yobe state, said by phone from the state capital, Damaturu.
Although nobody has yet taken responsibility for the attack, it closely resembles others carried out by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has frequently used young girls as suicide bombers in the past. The bomber detonated the bomb at the bus station in Damaturu, the capital of the Yobe state, at around 1 p.m. Many of the victims were children who had been selling peanuts or begging near the bus station, the Associated Press reports. Witnesses said the bomber was around 16 years old.
The bomber, a suspected member of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, appeared nervous as she entered the station and then detonated an explosive device before security officials could be alerted, Jibrin Habibu, a cab driver who witnessed the blast, said by phone.
Boko Haram, which is fighting for Islamic rule in Nigeria, has been responsible for over 100,000 deaths last year and many abductions, including the high-profile kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok.
Boko Haram has escalated its six-year-old campaign to impose Islamic law in Africa’s biggest economy and largest oil-producing nation. The fighting has drawn in neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon as the militants broadened their cross-border targets.
Nigeria’s electoral commission declared a six-week delay in voting scheduled for this month after the nation’s security adviser said safety couldn’t be guaranteed amid the Boko Haram insurgency.
Nigerian troops on Saturday repulsed Boko Haram fighters who tried to take control of the city of Gombe in the northeast, the region hit hardest by the Islamist insurgency.For more news and stories, join us on Facebook,Twitter , or contact us through our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com