Christians pray during a service to support the release of kidnapped girls in Nigeria, at a church in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Boko Haram, the militant group that kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, said the girls will only be freed after the government releases jailed militants. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this file photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, Nigerian security forces stand guards during Eid al-Fitr celebration in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BBC)—At least 19 people have been killed and several injured by a bomb strapped to a girl reported to be aged about 10 in north-eastern Nigeria, police say.

The bomb exploded in a market in the city of Maiduguri, in Borno state.

“The explosive devices were wrapped around her body,” a police source told Reuters.

No group has said it carried out the attack. The market is reported to have been targeted twice in a week by female bombers late last year.

Correspondents say that all the signs point to the militant Islamist Boko Haram group.

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