Three people have been killed and several others wounded after a female bomber blew herself up in Nigeria’s violence-plagued northeastern state of Borno. The bomb blast occurred in the Dala Yazaram area of Maiduguri City, located approximately 870 kilometers (540 miles) north of the capital, Abuja, on Saturday when a female assailant detonated her explosives, witnesses said. Another woman was caught right before she could discharge the explosive device, a local resident said. "Three people have been killed and many injured.
One of the terrorists was arrested before she could detonate," said resident Shuaibu Umara, a security guard at a nearby Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) petrol station. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), however, said that the blast killed a member of a vigilante group, which assists the military in fighting the militant group, and injured 10 others. "Four female suicide bombers at about 7:45 am today in the morning attempted to enter a Dala Ajeri area of Maiduguri but were intercepted by the civilian JTF (Joint Task Force)," Sani Datti said in a statement.
"Three of the female suicide bombers detonated the explosions in their bodies immediately and the fourth one was intercepted but later died," he added. The official noted that six of the injured had been discharged from the hospital. The incident happened a day after at least 55 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in two terrorist attacks on mosques in Maiduguri and nearby Yola, capital of Adamawa state.