Two girls in their teenage were killed on Saturday night in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Maiduguri as they attempted to blow themselves up.
Nigerian police confirmed about the incident on Sunday saying the two girls were killed by security officers after they were spotted wearing explosive vests under their clothes.
“Two female suicide bombers aged about 18 attempted to enter Maiduguri in the evening (Saturday) and were spotted by civilian JTFs (Joint Task Force) and then shot down by security service personnel in the area,” Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku said in a statement and referenced by media channels.
The explosives on the girls were reportedly detonated after the incident by the police explosive ordinance department team (EOD).
Boko Haram an affiliate of Islamic State (also known as western province) regularly uses suicide bombers, including women, as part of its eight-year-old insurgency in the Muslim majority north of Nigeria.