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Two teenage girl suicide bombers killed 4 people Nigeria’s north

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northern Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria–The Nigerian town of Gwoza, in the country’s north, was attacked by two teenage girl suicide bombers, killing at least four people, officials said.

The spokesman for the Military Command and Control Center in Maiduguri, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday said that the attack was carried out Monday evening. He said local defense forces noticed the girls and shot one, detonating her vest and killing only her.

The spokesman said the other girl managed to gain access to the crowded residential area in Borno state and detonated herself, killing four others.

The colonel said quite a few people injured have been taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

The military authority in Maiduguri also said two soldiers were killed Sunday after their vehicle hit a homegrown explosive planted by Boko Haram insurgents along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.

Boko Haram is using and abusing these girls

Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday that four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria,

A Nigerian military source confirmed the incident and put the death toll at five.

Ivan Munoz, an MSF spokesman in Borno state, told AFP in an email that the blast killed three people and injured seven, one of whom subsequently died after being admitted for treatment.

“All our staff are safe. The team is monitoring the security situation to assess any further steps,” he added.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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