State Police commissioner Aderenle Shinaba said the explosions happened in the busy Kantin Kwari textile market located in the center of Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city. The casualty figure does not include the suicide bombers. Seven people were injured, said Shinaba.
Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the bombings.
An eyewitness, Abdulsalam Kabir, said the two female bombers were disguised as customers and witnesses became suspicious about their attire.
On November 29 more than 100 people were killed in Kano when suicide bombers and gunmen hit the central mosque.