Female Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 15 in Northern Nigeria

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A female suicide bomber blew herself up at a market in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more, said a local resident

“I counted 15 corpses when we took flight as we were afraid that there could be more suicide bombers around,” said Yusuf Suleiman, who helped rescue efforts following the attack in Nannawaji village on Tuesday. At least 26 people were being treated at a hospital in nearby Damaturu, he said.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came to office last month vowing to crush a six-year insurgency by Boko Haram. The Islamist militant group has stepped up attacks at markets and other busy places in the northeast in the face of a regional military offensive this year backed by forces from Cameroon, Niger and Chad, which has seized territory from the insurgents.

On Monday, suspected Boko Haram gunmen riding motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles raided Debiro village in northeastern Borno state, firing indiscriminately and slitting some peoples’ throats, said Jonathan Malgwi, who was forced to flee. At least 20 people died in the assault, said Malgwi by phone. The same day, two female suicide bombs detonated explosives strapped to their bodies at a marketplace in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, leaving at least 20 people dead and scores wounded.

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