POTISKUM, Nigeria — A teenage suicide bomber blew herself up and killed seven other people Saturday outside a bustling bus station in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu. It is thought to be latest in a string of attacks last week by Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram extremists.
Thirty-three people were seriously injured and are being treated at a hospital, said Garba Musa Fika, the Yobe state’s medical director. Most of the victims are women and children, many of them hawkers who sell smoked fish and packets of water at the exit gate to Damaturu Central Motor Park, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but it bore the hallmark of the Islamist militant group, which has been fighting a nearly six-year insurgency in a bid to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.
The attack comes two weeks after Nigeria’s military said it destroyed about 20 insurgent camps and freed 700 kidnapped women and children in the Sambisa Forest, where the main insurgent fighting force was said to be trapped.
Hundreds of militants tried to attack the biggest military base in northeastern Nigeria on Wednesday night but were repelled by troops at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the most populous city in the northeast.