February 15, 2015 10:59 am

Female suicide bomber kills 16 at bus station in northeastern Nigeria

In this file photo taken Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, people gather at the site of a bomb explosion in an area known to be targeted by the militant group Boko Haram in Kano, Nigeria.

AP Photo/Muhammed Giginyu, File

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Witnesses say a teenage female suicide bomber killed 16 and injured more than 30 when she blew herself up at crowded bus station in in northeastern Nigeria.

The girl managed to get through the security check at the entrance to the bus station and detonated herself at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Witness Hassan Umar said the dead and injured were mostly children selling goods in the station.

Umar saw the remains of the suicide bomber and said she was a teenager.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing but it fits the pattern of violence by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremist group that caused an estimated 10,000 deaths last year.

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