According to CNN, a girl about 10 years old who was wearing a hijab (veil) detonated a bomb in a crowded market in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria on Saturday morning, killing about 20 people and wounding 18 others according to police reports. The use of a minor as a suicide bomber represents a new tactic in the fertile ground of Islamic insurgency in Nigeria and eye witnesses believe the girl may not have known exactly what was strapped underneath her hijab.
This suicide attack, which represents one of the deadliest in the country in recent times, happened when the Saturday morning market was teemed with shoppers and bargain hunters. Maiduguri is located at the heart of Boko Haram insurgency.
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