Three female suicide bombers on Tuesday, May 23 evening detonated their explosives at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as security operatives tried to stop them from entering the city, police said.
According to the police, there was no civilian casualty recorded as the teenage girls may have been prompted by the Boko Haram.
The explosions occured from the southern flank of the city along the Maiduguri-Zambia road.
The Borno State Police Command confirmed later in the night that the explosions came from the suicide bombing attacks attempted by three young girls who may have been prompted by the Boko Haram.
“Today at about 1755 hours (5:55pm), three female suicide bombers, suspected to have been conveyed by motorcycle and dropped at a distance to Maranti village in Molai area, were sighted and intercepted by vigilant security operatives”, said police public relations officer, Victor Isukwu.
“In the process of intercepting them, they hurriedly detonated IED strapped to their bodies, killing themselves only.”
He added that “there was no civilian casualty recorded.”
Suicide bombings by teenage girls is one of the major strategies of the Boko Haram.
The Boko Haram insurgency, which has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009, has continued despite the terror group losing most of the territory they once controlled to Nigerian forces.