Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 7 in Northeast Nigerian Market


A suicide bomber killed at least seven people after she set off explosives at a busy market in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu on Thursday.

At least 15 people were also injured, Yau Mohammed, a witness who helped take victims to the hospital after the blast, said by phone from Biu. The woman was seen trying to plant a bomb at about 3:30 p.m., Ibrahim Haruna, a militia group spokesman, said by phone from the town in Borno state.

Traders at the market “were not too sure what she was trying to plant, but they suspected that it could be an explosive device,” Haruna said by phone.

No group immediately claimed the attack. Islamist militants Boko Haram have been battling for six years to establish Islamic law in Africa’s largest economy. The insurgents have killed more than 4,700 people, mainly in the north, last year, double the number who died in 2013, according to estimates from Bath, U.K.- based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

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SOURCE: Bloomberg, Michael Olukayode

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