A 10-year-old suicide bomber blew herself up at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday in Maiduguri, killing at least 20 people and injuring 18 more. The explosion took place in the Monday market in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorist group, reported sources in the Red Cross. The girl had been stopped at the market entrance after the metal detector revealed something suspicious, reported Ashiru Mustapha, the head of the local security guards.
The guards did not act quickly enough to intervene before the explosive device de-flagellated. The device was probably remotely triggered by a militant who was keeping at a safe distance, without the girl knowing or understanding what was going on. Another two young girls blew themselves up in the same market last November and a third failed to trigger the explosive device that she concealed under her niqab by pure chance. She later said she had been obliged to blow herself up by her parents.