ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Security operatives shot dead two female suicide
bombers, while two others blew themselves up in a failed attempt
to sneak into Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri early
Tuesday, the police said.
Six local farmers
were wounded following the blast in Tomsu Ngamdu, a community on
the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of the northern Borno
State, said Victor Isuku, a spokesman for the police.
The suicide bombers
were accosted by security personnel, causing two of them to
prematurely detonate their improvised explosive devices while
the rest were quickly shot dead as they attempted to flee.
Isuku said the
wounded farmers had been taken to a government hospital for
Early last week, two
fleeing Boko Haram fighters were killed following a gun battle
with government forces in the same part of Borno.
Nigeria has made
considerable gains against the terror group, dislodging Boko
Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest, the group’s largest
training camp in the country, early this year.
Boko Haram has been
blamed for the death of more than 20,000 people and displacing
of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009.