Hun visste sannsynligvis ikke at det var en bombe hun hadde fått festet rundt livet. Bomben ble utløst idet jenta ble sjekket etter at en metalldetektor ved inngangen til markedet viste at hun hadde noe på kroppen. Bomben drepte nitten personer og skadet 18 i den nigerianske byen Maiduguri.
Er dette en ny taktikk fra Boko Haram?
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Maiduguri bombing. Ashiru Mustapha, a witness to the attack, told AFP the explosives detonated as the young girl was searched at the market’s entrance.
“The girl was about 10 years old and I doubt if she actually knew what was strapped to her body.
“In fact, she was searched at the entrance of the market and the metal detector indicated that she was carrying something.
“But sadly, the explosion went off before she was isolated.”
Borno State police spokesman Gideon Jubrin said 19 people were killed and 18 others were injured but warned that the death toll could rise.