POTISKUM: A young girl of age 10 blew herself up in a busy market in northeastern Nigeria. Not only did she kill herself and four others but also installed fears regarding the fact that Islamic extremists are using kidnapped girls as suicide bombers.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack which also seriously wounded 46 people, but it bore the hallmarks of Nigeria’s homegrown extremist group, Boko Haram.
The girl, who appeared to be no more than 10 years old, got out of a tricycle taxi in front of the busy cell phone market in Potiskum and minutes later her explosives detonated, according to Anazumi Saleh, a survivor of the attack who suffered head injuries.
Authorities were not immediately able to confirm the girl’s identity or her precise age from her remains.