Nigerian girl, 13, arrested wearing explosives vest

Members of the military stand at the scene of an explosion near a petrol station in Kano Nov. 15, 2014. (Reuters)

Nigerian police arrested a 13-year-old girl wearing an explosives-packed vest in the northern city of Kano hours after an attack by two female suicide bombers, a security source and a witness said Thursday.

The girl turned up at a clinic on the outskirts of Kano hours after a double bombing at a market in the city.

"The people there called the attention of security personnel who found explosives primed for a suicide attack on her," said the security source, who requested anonymity, in an account confirmed by a nurse at the clinic.

Meanwhile, twin bomb blasts hit a market in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Thursday, near the site where a similar attack killed at least 118 people in May, the rescue agency told AFP.

"It is a twin bombing... near where the bombing in May occurred," Mohammed Abdulsalam of the National Emergency Management Agency said, referring to the Terminus Market area of the religiously divided city.

There was no immediate word on casualties but Abdulsalam said the toll may be low as the area was not busy at the time of the blasts, which went off shortly after 6:00 pm (1700 GMT).

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