A female Boko Haram insurgent believed to be 12-year-old detonated a bomb, killing three boys at an Islamic seminary in Muna Dalti, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
According to AFP, a local militia and residents said Friday that the girl detonated the device late Thursday when open-air classes were on the school.
“She walked up to the group of boys who were just ending their lessons and blew herself up in their midst. She killed three boys and injured four others,” Mohammed Bola, head of the anti-jihadist militia in the area, told AFP.
Moments earlier, another young girl stormed into a house in the area and detonated her explosives, injuring one person, said resident Salisu Mohammed.
“The house was totally destroyed. Luckily, no one was killed as the occupants of the house were outside chatting with neighbours,” he said.
The two bombers sneaked into the area together but split to attack different targets, Bola said.
The scene of the bombings, a popular night time venue for residents, has been repeatedly targeted by suicide attacks blamed on Boko Haram.
The jihadist group is notorious for suicide attacks on civilian targets including schools, mosques and motor parks.