Reports from the Nigerian Police spokesman says an explosion set off by a female suicide bomber tore through a crowded market on Sunday [Jul 26], killing at least 15 people.
This explosion occurred at around 9.30 am, and no one has claimed responsibility, but it is the latest in a series of attacks in the last few weeks that bear the hallmarks of the Islamist group Boko Haram.
“Fifteen people have been confirmed dead so far and more dead bodies are being brought to the hospital,” said police spokesman Toyin Gbadegasin. Witnesses said around 50 people had been injured.
The explosion in the centre of Yobe state’s capital came six days after a suicide bomber killed three policemen at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city.
Boko Haram controlled a swathe of land around the size of Belgium at the end of last year, but were pushed out of most of that territory by Nigerian troops in the last few months, with military help from neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.