“Female suicide bomber kills 7 at crowded Nigeria market,” by Aminu Abubakar, CNN, February 12, 2015 (thanks to Bill):
Kano, Nigeria (CNN)A female suicide bomber attacked a crowded market in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state on Thursday, killing seven people and seriously injuring 20 others, residents and a hospital source said.
The bomber, wearing a hijab, detonated her suicide vest in the midst of shoppers at a weekly market in the town of Biu around 3 p.m. at the peak of business, witnesses said.
“We have evacuated eight bodies, including that of the bomber, to the hospital along with 20 people injured in the attack,” Bukar Maina, a trader at the market, said.
A nurse at the Biu General Hospital confirmed the number of dead.
No claim of responsibility was immediately made, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has terrorized northern Nigeria regularly since 2009, attacking police, schools, churches and civilians, as well as bombing government buildings.
The Islamist group has said its aim is to impose a stricter form of Sharia, or Islamic law, across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south….
Thursday’s blast targeted the provision goods section of the market, which attracts shoppers from the town and neighboring villages.
“I was in my shop, attending to customers, when I heard a loud explosion that made me duck under the table,” said Abacha Kachalla, another trader.