A vigilante and four female suicide bombers were reportedly killed on Wednesday at a checkpoint in Borno state after one of them detonated her explosives. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), one bomber blew herself up at a security checkpoint 50 kilometres east of state capital Maiduguri run by civilian vigilantes who help the military fight Boko Haram.

Muhammad Kanar, head of NEMA for the northeast said that four girls between the ages of nine and 12 were stopped at the checkpoint in Mafa, “Most of them are abducted from villages and brainwashed before being sent for suicide missions… (they) tried to enter and they were being intercepted for interrogation… (then)One detonated their bomb,” he said, adding “all of them were bombers, all women.”

Army spokesman Sani Kukasheka Usman said the three other bombers were shot dead by vigilantes.

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