16 killed, more than 20 injured caused by ten-year-old suicide bomber

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NIGERIA – Around 16 people were killed and over 20 suffered from injuries following the explosion of a bomb tied to a 10-year-old girl on Saturday in the busy market area of Maiduguri City in Nigeria.

Police sources said the bomb was wrapped around the girl’s body  when it exploded in the city, which is said to be frequented by bomb attacks as it is in the center of an insurgency by Islamist militant Boko Haram.

According to a Nigerian security, the explosion occurred at 12:15 p. m. where the  girl’s body and that of the victims’ bodies were classified in a hospital by the members of Zakariya Mohammed;  a joint civilian task force who assisted in the rescue activities.

Reuters said the Borno Medical Hospital has accommodated 27 injured patients. The rest received treatment in other hospitals.

Still from the report, it said the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have been the target of insurgency by the Boko Haram for five years now as the militant group wanted to revive a medieval caliphate in Nigeria; being the country of Africa with the most number of population.

Nigeria, according to the report, also holds the distinction of being Africa’s major producer of energy.

Insurgency bore damaging effects to people where the Council on Foreign Relations revealed that over 10,000 people met their tragic fate in last year’s wave of attacks.

On Friday, Reuters said the Islamist militants burned down buildings that include a police station, a mosque located in the Abacha market and a number of shops.

Although the army has pacified the attack, the militants have already inflicted harm in an area located some 130 km (80 miles) away from the Yobe state capital Damaturu.

Damaturu was last attacked in early December when air strikes were executed to prevent the attack by the militants.

Defense spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade revealed that five soldiers were injured in defense of the city.  The number of casualties among the civilians is yet to be determined.

Olukolade said the military is set to strengthen its group before regaining Baga town in Borno state which was attacked two times last week by Boko Haram who also have in their custody a military base in Lake Chad.

The spokesman said the first attack during the weekend bore 14 soldier fatalities. To regain custody of the areas taken over by the insurgents, the government said on Friday that it had propelled a ground action supported by airstrikes.

Marcus Danladi, the state police commissioner, reported that another bomb explosion happened on Saturday afternoon at the main police station in Potiskum, Yobe state where a man in his car was arrested.

In a statement to Reuters, Danladi said the suspect’s car exploded and killed one of the commissioner’s men and a driver. But, the suspect survived the explosion and is still in his custody.

Two people earlier arrested with the vehicle also resorted to suicide bombing when they were brought to the police station.

The Reuters said the Boko Haram revolt has posed a most severe threat to the security of Nigeria which has a population of 170 million. Reuters reporters Lanre Ola and Isaac Abrak said this has also posed a serious challenge for President Goodluck Jonathan, who has announced his re-election bid in a national election to be held on Feb. 14.