Suicide Bomber Kills 19 in Northeast Nigeria Market Blast

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A suicide bomber believed to be a girl aged about 10 killed at least 19 people when she detonated an explosive device at a market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Damaturu, the government said.

Many others were injured as “innocent people were again the target of blood-thirsty terrorists,” Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for Ibrahim Gaidam, the governor of Yobe State, said in an e-mailed statement.

A total of 47 people were injured and are receiving treatment, while five undetonated improvised explosive devices were recovered from the scene of the blast, Yobe State police spokesman Gbadegesin Toyin said by phone from the city.

The explosion in the Yobe State capital follows another attack last week by a suicide bomber that killed nine people, including three policemen, at a checkpoint in the city. Boko Haram militants, waging a six-year insurgency to impose their version of Islamic law in Africa’s most populous nation, have killed thousands through bombings and shootings and displaced more than 1.5 million people, according to the United Nations.

U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to ramp up support for Nigeria’s fight against the terrorist group when he met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during his four-day visit to Washington last week.

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