A female suspected suicide bomber believed to be about 10 years old killed at least 15 people when she detonated an explosive device at a market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Damaturu, an official said.
“Several people were injured and conveyed to the hospital while the area has been cordoned off,” Yobe State police spokesman Gbadegesin Toyin said by phone from the city.
The explosion in the Yobe State capital came after a suicide bomber killed nine people, including three policemen, at a check-point in the city last week.
Boko Haram militants who have been 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.
US 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.