Two ‘young girls’ to be 7 or 8 used as human bombs in Nigeria kills 3

Updated: 11:46 GMT, Dec 12, 2016 | Published: 11:44 GMT, Dec 12, 2016 |

Two girl suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 17 at a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday (Dec 11), a spokesman for state emergency agency NEMA said.

The three included the bombers who were two girls aged between 7 and 8 years, according to Abdulkarim Jabo, a member of the vigilante group involved in the rescue operation.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but it is believed to have been perpetrated by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram Islamists have been waging an insurgency for seven years in the region to try to establish an Islamic state.

The jihadists have frequently targeted crowded areas – such as markets, places of worship and refugee camps – in suicide bomb attacks across northeast Nigeria and in neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

They have killed some 15,000 people and forced more than two million people to flee their homes.