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Girl reportedly 12 years old detonates suicide bomb killing at least 10 in Nigeria

By
Danielle Haynes

GUJBA, Nigeria, June 23 (UPI) -- At least 10 people died Tuesday when a suicide bomber witnesses described as a 12-year-old girl detonated a suicide bomb at a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern town of Gujba.

At least 20 people were injured in the blast, though Pulse Nigeria reported a higher figure.

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"The girl that detonated the bomb was a very small girl of about 12 years. We counted 10 dead and over 30 injured," witness Malam Usaini Jibril told the publication.

Another witness, Hussaini Aisami, also confirmed to the BBC that the girl appeared to be about 12.

"She went into the market and headed straight to the grain section. She detonated her explosives in the middle of traders and customers," Aisami said.

The explosion took place around 11 a.m. local time. It came one day after two women detonated bombs at a fish market in Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 20 people there.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Gujba blast, though terror group Boko Haram has a recent history of violence in the country.

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