At least six persons were confirmed killed as four teenage girls
detonated explosives worn around their bodies at the outskirts of
Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in the early hours of Wednesday,
an official said.
Four deafening explosions echoed over Maiduguri in quick successions
at about 1.15 a.m., causing sleeping residents to jump out of their
beds in fear of yet another horrific attack by Boko Haram.
About 16 persons were also injured in the blasts.
The security agencies are yet to provide details of what actually happened.
But the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said the
explosions were caused by four teenage suicide bombers who attacked a
location in Maiduguri, called Muna garage, which has been repeatedly
attacked by suicide bomber in the past six months.
The spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, said in a statement that “four
female teenage suicide bombers killed two other men (6 people dead)
when they detonated explosives at Usmanti along muna Garage road at
about 1.15 a.m.”
He added that about “16 people who got injured were administered with
first aid by rescue workers before being transported to the state
specialist hospital and university teaching hospital in Maiduguri
Borno state”.
Over 200 such teenage girls have lost their lives helping Boko Haram
convey their lethal weapons to attack both military and civil
populations around north-east Nigeria. Sadly, less than ten of them
survived the deadly mission.
It has also been observed that most the female suicide bombers were
deployed in twos.
One of the girls that recently reneged on the mission by refusing to
detonate her explosive told security operatives that they were made to
believe that the explosives would not harm them. She said they were
told that they would disappear to a safe haven where they would be
married to handsome husbands of their choice and then live an eternal
life of bliss and happiness.