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Child suicide bombers kill more than 20 in two Nigerian market blasts

Two young girls strapped with explosives in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up Sunday, killing three other people in the second apparent attack in two days using child suicide bombers.

Witnesses said the mid-afternoon blasts happened in an open market that sells mobile handsets in Nigeria’s northeast Yobe state, Reuters reported, where 26 others were wounded.

Both children appeared to be no more than 10 years old, Sani Abdu Potiskum, a trader at the market said.

“I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age … you only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso,” he told Reuters.

Sunday’s attack came on the heels of a deadlier bombing on Saturday when another young girl aged about ten exploded in a busy marketplace in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing 19 people and injuring more than 20, the BBC reported.

The Yobe state has been frequently attacked by the Sunni Muslim jihadist group, Reuters reported.  

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