Teenage girl blows herself up in Kano, Nigeria near mosque

By Editorial Board - 7 July 2015 at 8:17 am

A Teenage girl blew herself up near a mosque in Kano, Nigeria on Monday July 6, 2015 in what appeared to be a suicide attack.

Magaji Majiya, a police spokesman, said it was likely that the girl’s target was the Umar Ibn Al-Khattab mosque and that she was the only casualty.

Reuters reported that the attack seemed likely to be carried out by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram due to the similarities to other attacks by the faction. In the past week alone, 200 people have been killed in a wave of violence suspected to be perpetrated by Boko Haram.

Two witnesses told Reuters that they saw the teenage girl crossing a road before they heard a loud bang.

According to an AFP news agency, over 500 people have been killed since Muhammadu Buhari became president on May 29 this year.

Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency since 2009 in order to establish a state in northeastern Nigeria adhering to their strict interpretation of Sharia law.

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