In Nigeria, five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and left 11 injured. No groups have claimed the attack, but the use of female suicide bombers is a tactic used by Boko Haram. The three bombs went off in Borno State, which has seen the worst of the Boko Haram insurgency. Since 2009, more than 20,000 people died and 2.7 million were forced to flee their homes.
06/19/2017 Nigeria (Reuters) – Five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, birthplace of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, police said on Monday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But the use of female suicide bombers in public places is a tactic used by Boko Haram, which has focused on Borno during its eight-year-old insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate.
Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku said the attacks occurred on Sunday at around 08:30 p.m. (3.30 a.m. ET) in the village of Kofa, 8 km (5 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.
“The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons,” he said, adding that 11 people hurt in the attacks. Isuku said the other three bombers also died.