A female suicide bomber detonated explosives on Sunday at a mobile-phone market in the northeast Nigeria town of Potiskum, killing at least seven, according to witnesses and the police.
“There was a rope barricade and everyone who comes to the gate must be searched, but this girl suddenly jumped in between the ropes into the market and exploded,” Sulaimna Mohammed, a witness who helped victims at the scene of the blast, said by phone. “We have taken seven dead bodies to the hospital.”
At least 30 people were injured in the explosion, Yobe state police commissioner Marcus Danladi said by phone from the state capital, Damaturu. Potiskum was hit by a blast last week that killed three people when a bomber detonated explosives at a restaurant.
While nobody immediately claimed the attack, Boko Haram has waged a violent six-year campaign to impose Islamic law in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and top oil-producing nation. The insurgents killed more than 4,700 people last year, double the number who died in 2013, according to estimates from Verisk Maplecroft, a Bath, U.K.-based risk consultancy.