Local militia members in Nigeria’s Borno State, has told reporters that four people had been killed in two separate suicide bombings on Monday.
According to Babakura Kolo, a member of the local militia in the area that assists the NIgerian army in fighting terrorist attacks, there were two separate incidents on Monday.
The first incident involved female suicide bombers who attempted to attack the village of Mammanti, 15 kilometers east of the city of Maiduguri.
“Three female suicide bombers were intercepted by the vigilantes while trying to sneak into the village around 04:00 GMT, just as the morning prayers were about to start,” Kolo told reporters.
He continued, saying that as the bombers were intercepted, two of them blew themselves up while the third was shot dead by a soldier before she had the chance to detonate her own bomb.
One vigilante was killed in the process and another injured.
The second attack reportedly took place in Mainari, which is 10 kilometers west of Maiduguri.
Another local militia member who was aware of the attack told reporters that the attacker in Mainaro village was male.
“A male suicide bomber approached the village but some vigilantes got suspicious of his movements and accosted him [sic]…Suddenly, he blew himself up among the vigilantes, killing three and injuring two,” he said.
It is believed that both attacks were carried out by Boko Haram members.
Maiduguri and many other areas in the Borno State has been under attack since Boko Haram started their insurgency in 2009, as the Borno State is often referred to as ‘the birthplace’ of Boko Haram.