A female suicide bomber yesterday caused the death of at least 15 persons and injured over 50 others when she detonated an explosive she hid under her heavy veils at a crowded market in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
Two other women armed with bombs were also arrested hours after the blast.
The market, popularly known as Sunday Market which holds once every week, usually attracts thousands of traders from various parts of the state.
The female suicide bomber, according to eyewitnesses, decided to let her lethal belt go off right outside the gate of the market where village traders usually off-load their commodities before they take them inside the market.
"The blast occurred at about 9:30am, when we heard a deafening explosion", said Abdullahi Haruna, a trader. "It was a messy scene to behold. More than a dozen persons were killed by the bomb; many other victims who did not die were left with damaging injuries that they may not survive", he added.
A source at the Damaturu Specialists Hospital, who did not want to be named, confirmed to journalists that "as at 11am, 15 persons were confirmed dead, while over 50 are seriously injured and are being attended to at the Accident and Emergency Ward".
The female suicide bombers seemed to have planned multiple attacks on the market. Just as corpses and injured victims of the blast were being evacuated, another female suicide bomber was said to have been arrested around the market with explosives on her body, while another one was reportedly arrested at the hospital where the victims were being given medical treatment.
The police are yet to make official comments on the incident.
The suicide bombing is the third in the series of Boko Haram attacks in the last 12 days, after the first one that killed dozens at the Eid Prayer ground.
Fresh Suicide Attack Kills 20 In Cameroon
Three days after the twin suicide bombings in the far Northern Region of Cameroon, a 13-year-old girl on a suicide mission killed at least 20 people and injured 70 others after detonating her explosives in Maroua town of the country.
Cameroon defense minister, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o, told the Voice of America (VOA) that the young girl detonated a series of explosives in the popular Pont Vert neighbourhood, barely a kilometre from the scene of last Wednesday's twin suicide bomb attacks.
Mebe Ngo'o said the population must develop a culture of vigilance because Boko Haram has changed strategy.
He urged Cameroonian residents to report suspects to the military, adding that more collaboration of the populace is needed than ever before. He said he was urging business people, traditional rulers, administrative authorities and everyone to form self-defence groups to save lives.
There has been no claim of responsibility, but Mebe Ngo'o said that the attacks bear the hallmarks of the Boko Haram militant group.