The religion of female children suicide bombers. Please forward this to Obama.
A girl thought to be as young as seven killed herself and five others in a suicide bombing in north-east Nigeria on Sunday as the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, conceded that his government had underrated the capacity of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
The attack on a market in the town of Potiskum is the latest in a string of suicide strikes in which children have been used. Previous attacks have been blamed on Boko Haram.
Nineteen people were injured in the blast in Yobe state’s commercial capital, a local vigilante leader said. “So far, five people were killed with the girl while 19 others have been taken to hospital for injuries,” Buba Lawan said.
A hospital source speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the toll.
The bombing highlights the severe security challenges facing Nigeria in the runup to presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 March.
During a trip through neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, on Sunday urged Nigeria to commit itself fully to battling Boko Haram.
Read more: The Guardian