A female suicide bomber this morning killed 16 people and wounded 51 more when she detonated an improvised explosive device strapped to her body at a market in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State.  A scene of bombing in Damaturu

A trader spoke to our correspondent about today’s deadly attack in Damaturu, one of the main targets of incessant acts of terrorism carried out in several states in Nigeria’s northeast by members of the Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram. 

A trader at the market, Saliu Bukar, disclosed that the bomber, believed to have strapped an IED on her body, blew herself up at the entrance of the market located in the heart of Damaturu. Mr. Bukar told SaharaReporters that at least 16 people were killed and many others injured in the attack. 

“Those near the area of the explosion revealed that the attacker was a female suicide bomber,” he said. 

An official text message from Yobe State Emergency Service Agency (SEMA) confirmed the number of casualties. The text stated that those  injured are currently receiving treatment  at General Sanni Abacha  Specialist Hospital in the state capital.

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