No less than six persons were killed when four teenage female suicide bombers attacked the Muna garage area in the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in the early hours of Wednesday.
Residents say they heard four explosions in quick successions at about 1.15 a.m., with some saying they couldn’t return to sleep afterwards.
About 16 persons were also injured in the blasts.
Security agencies are yet to speak on the attacks or provide details of what actually happened.
But spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Datti, confirmed that the attacks were carried out by four teenage suicide bombers.
The Muna garage has been repeatedly attacked by suicide bombers in the past six months.
“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.” Datti said in a statement.
He added that “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.”
Reports say the girls knocked on a door and detonated their suicide vests when somebody came to answer.
Suicide bombing by teenage girls primed by Boko Haram has been a major strategy of the insurgents for about two years now in what has become a new tactics for the Boko Haram terrorists.
Recall that one would-be suicide bomber refused to detonate her device some time ago at a crowded market in Maiduguri as she felt her mother was in the market.
She said that they were told that after detonating their devices, 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.