Two bomb attacks in 24 hours — one of them involving an 11-year-old female bomber — killed dozens of people and wounded more than 120 others in the Nigerian cities of Yola and Kano, authorities said.
At least 31 people were killed and 72 others injured in a bomb blast Tuesday evening in the northeastern city of Yola, Aliyu Maikano, a local Red Cross official, said.
Police have said that a minibus carrying women came dropped off one girl aged about 11 and another aged about 18.
They added that both were wearing the hijab.
The attack, which happened on Thursday night, left at least 15 people dead and wounded around 60 others, according to a Red Cross official and police.
They said the blasts happened shortly after 16:00 local time (15:00 GMT) and that rescuers were on the scene dealing with casualties.
The victims were taken to hospital and it was later confirmed that 15 people died, not including the suicide bombers.”
The attacks came after at least 32 people were killed in a bomb blast in Yola, northeast Nigeria, on Tuesday night, that also bore the hallmarks of the Islamist rebels.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who has given his military commanders until next month to crush the militants, described both attacks as “barbaric” and “cowardly”.
He called for increased vigilance to stop further attacks against “soft” targets and said the government was “very much determined to wipe out Boko Haram in Nigeria” and bring perpetrators to book.
“Nigeria’s reinvigorated, well-equipped and well-motivated armed forces and security agencies (will) overcome Boko Haram very soon,” he added.
At least 28 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on Friday, raising fresh security concerns after a wave of similar attacks.
Umar Sani, a civilian vigilante assisting the military in the counter-insurgency, and local resident Musa Sheriff both told AFP there were two blasts at the mosque.
“People from various mosques nearby rushed to the scene to assist the victims,” said Sani.
Jihadist group Boko Haram, which operates in and around northeastern Nigeria, has become the militant group which employs female suicide bombers most often, sending girls as young as seven to wreak havoc in crowded markets.
In such cases those attached to the suicide vests are less the bomber and more the bomb as their militant leaders detonate their explosives charges remotely, something that can be done by mobile phone.
In Maiduguri, a major town in northern Nigeria, “suicide bombs are daily occurences,” said Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos, a researcher with the French Institute for Research and Development (IRD).
“It is above all women and children, young girls, who threatened with death by their own husbands or fathers, die in clashes with the Nigerian army,” he said.
The Boko Haram terrorists have killed more than 17 000 and displaced over 2 million internally and neighbouring countries.