Two female suicide bombers have blown themselves up near a mosque in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The bombers attempted to sneak into a mosque at Jiddari area of Maiduguri while worshippers were observing their early morning prayers Wednesday, but were chased away by vigilant residents.
Explosives strapped to their bodies went off as they fell down at Jiddari Primary School while fleeing the area, residents say.
The incident occurred at about 5:08 a.m. Wednesday, spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Northeast Zone, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said in a statement.
“The two female suicide bombers attempted to enter one of the mosques in area but were repelled by the CJTF who understand their motive, this made them to detonate the IED vest.
“[There were] no casualties, except [for] the two female suicide bombers that lost their lives,” Abdulkadir said.
Residents described the Jiddari area as volatile.
The explosion came barely two weeks after terror group Boko Haram attempted to enter the city through same Jiddari area.