12/12/2016 08:27 SAST | Updated 12/12/2016 08:28 SAST

Deaths Yet To Be Confirmed After Two Girls Attack Maiduguri Market With Suicide Bomb

The number of deaths resulting from the blasts is yet to be confirmed.

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Emergency services and soldiers gather at the scene of a suicide bomb attack on a market in Maiduguri, after two girls approximately seven or eight years old blew themselves, killing themselves and wounding at least 17 others.

Two girl suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 17 at a market in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a spokesperson for state emergency agency NEMA, Sani Datti, said.

Residents said about nine people had been killed.

Boko Haram Islamists have been waging an insurgency for seven years in the region to try to establish an Islamic state.

The jihadists have frequently targeted crowded areas — such as markets, places of worship and refugee camps — in suicide bomb attacks across northeast Nigeria and in neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

They have killed some 15,000 people and forced more than two million people to flee their homes.

Nigeria's army has pushed the militant group back to its stronghold in the vast Sambisa forest in the past few months but the group still stages suicide bombings.