Two female suicide bombers on Sunday night on the outskirts of Maiduguri were killed when one of them detonated an explosive device strapped to her body to prevent policemen from stopping them for a routine check. Three residents from the area were however injured.
According to a WhatApp message by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Borno Police Command, Victor Isuku, “At About 2030hrs yesterday (Sunday), two female suicide bombers were halted to stop for routine check at Geleri village which is about 5km to Muna Garage, an outskirt of Maiduguri.
“One of the suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to her body killing her and her accomplice whose IED vest did not explode. Three residents of the area were however injured.
Police spokesman Victor Isuku says the teenagers detonated their explosives when they were stopped for a search Sunday night about 12 kilometers (eight miles) east of the city center, near Muna bus station. That area has suffered several suicide bombings in recent weeks.
Isuku blames Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that has used scores of women and girls in suicide bombings. Some observers suspect that the women and girls are among the thousands Boko Haram has kidnapped over the years.
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