Three people were killed and several injured in an attack by a female suicide bomber in northeastern Nigeria, the epicenter of an Islamist insurgency.
The deaths, including that of the bomber, happened on Saturday morning in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state, Hassan Ibrahim, a youth vigilante, said by phone. A second female suicide bomber was captured before she could detonate the explosive.
Boko Haram militants, seeking to impose their version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous country of about 180 million people, have stepped up suicide attacks since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a military offensive to defeat the insurgents by the end of the year.
The group has killed tens of thousands of people since it began its campaign of violence in 2009.
Two more suicide bombers set off devices in a village close to Maiduguri, killing one other person, according to a second vigilante.
Up to 28 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on Friday, raising fresh security concerns after a wave of similar attacks.
Borno state is the birthplace of the Boko Haram insurgency and has been the focus of attacks by suspected members of the militant Islamist group that have killed around 1,000 people since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May.