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Nigerian market blast was by child suicide bomber

At least 16 people have been killed and 50 others wounded in a suicide bombing carried out by a 10-year-old girl in north-eastern Nigeria, police said.

The attack targeted a crowded market in the city of Damaturu in Yobe state, reported the BBC.

Yobe police spokesman Toyin Gbadegesin said that the incident took place on Sunday morning when the child blew herself up amid a crowd of people being screened by security services before they were let into the market.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but Boko Haram has been blamed for carrying out similar attacks in recent months.

The attack came just days after two female suicide bombers killed nine people waiting to say prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid in the city.