Three female suicide bombers carried out an attack in Madagali, Adamawa State, Nigeria, one with a baby strapped to her back. Nine people were killed in the attacks, including two local vigilantes stationed at a checkpoint where all vehicles are screened before being allowed into the town.
Security personnel say many lives were saved because the women were intercepted at the checkpoint, where 14 others were injured. The women were reportedly targeting the town’s open market.
The attack marks the second time this month Madagali was targeted. The first attack killed dozens.
Although no one claimed responsibility for the attack, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram (which literally means “Western education is forbidden”) has waged a brutal war mainly in northeastern Nigeria to institute its radical brand of Islam.
Although statistics are sparse for this year, “Researchers recorded more than 6,000 fatalities resulting from Boko Haram attacks aimed at civilians. Because the counts below include only attacks on civilians, and not battles over territory, they underestimate what some say is a total of 15,000 people killed by the group,” the Washington Post reported in April.
Amnesty International reports over two million Nigerian citizens have been internally displaced due to attacks by the group.