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Child Suicide Bomber Kills 20 in Nigeria Market Attack

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A suicide bomber described as a girl as young as 10 set off explosives at a market in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 20 people, as the Boko Haram insurgency intensified five weeks before national elections.

At least 18 people were also wounded in the Monday Market bombing, which happened at about 12:30 p.m. in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, police spokesman Gideon Jibrin said in a text message. It came after a battle with insurgents in the northeast city of Damaturu left five soldiers “fatally wounded,” the army said. Forces also began bombing the Islamist-controlled town of Baga.