Two suspected 10-year-old girl bombers die hitting north Nigeria town

US congressman Louie Gohmert speaks with three girls, who escaped after they were abducted in the remote village of Chibok by the extremist group Boko Haram, while they are covered in white sheets at a news conference in Lagos in this June 5, 2014 &n
US congressman Louie Gohmert speaks with three girls, who escaped after they were abducted in the remote village of Chibok by the extremist group Boko Haram, while they are covered in white sheets at a news conference in Lagos in this June 5, 2014  photo. The violence against such children as two suspected 10-year-old girls bombers with explosives blew up in a market in northeast Nigeria Sunday, witnesses said, killing three people.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DAMATURU, Nigeria (REUTERS) - Two children strapped with explosives blew up in a market in northeast Nigeria Sunday, witnesses said, killing three people in the second apparent attack in two days using young girls strapped with explosives.

The blasts struck around mid-afternoon at an open market selling mobile handsets in the town of Potiskum in Yobe state, which has frequently been attacked by the Sunni Muslim extremist group Boko Haram.

A trader at the market, Sani Abdu Potiskum, said the bombers were about 10 years old. "I saw their dead bodies. They are two young girls of about 10 years of age ... you only see the plaited hair and part of the upper torso," the trader said.

Another witness who accompanied the ambulances taking casualties to hospital said three people, excluding the bombers, were killed and at least 26 people were wounded.

The town was hit by a suicide bomber in November when at least 48 people, mainly students, were killed during a school assembly. On Saturday, a bomb exploded at a police station in Potiskum.

Sunday's explosions came a day after a bomb strapped to a girl aged around 10 years old exploded in a busy market place in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said.