Two female suicide bombers were on Saturday morning killed when Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped on their bodies exploded near a targetted mosque in Juddumuri village of Polo General Area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Five people sustained various degree of injuries in the attack and were rushed to a hospital for treatment.
The mosque is a stone-throw to the Federal High Court office complex in Maiduguri metropolis.
Residents and eye witnesses said, the suicide bombers who were between the ages of 10 and 13 were brought to the scene at about 0510hours in an unidentified Volkswagen Golf, and immediately when alighted from the vehicle, they headed straight towards the mosque, before a good Samaritan who sighted them raised an alarm.
The alarm it was gathered frightened the suicide bombers who incidentally detonated their IEDs, which killed only the suicide bombers while five bystanders were injured.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Victor Isuku in a statement said, “At about 0520hours, today, two female suicide bombers with IED strapped to their bodies attempted to enter a mosque at Juddumuri village, after federal high court.
“They were intercepted and prevented by the moslem worshippers. In the process, one of them detonated her vest, killing both of them and injuring five others. The injured were rushed to a specialist hospital, while the remains of the suicide bombers were equally evacuated by officials of State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA.”