A suicide bomber who on Sunday killed herself and seven other people in the town of Potiskum, may have been as young as seven years, says a local leader, Bubu Lawan, to AFP.
In total, seven people died after the attack. In addition, dozens of people were injured.
The attack occurred at the bazaar in the city.
Witnesses who saw the girl before she exploded, says that she looked to be about seven years old.
- We sent her away four times, because she was so young and she should not be at the market, says Bubu Lawan.
- While we scanned people she tried to sneak under the barriers a good distance away from where we stood. That was when the explosives went off, he says.
The attack is one in a series of attacks since January, where the terrorist organization Boko Haram has used girls and young women as suicide bombers.
The attacks have often happened at market places where people are close together. Precisely why security is also raised around these in Nigeria.
Lawan said that they have now begun to deny women from entering marketplaces for fear of terrorist attacks.
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