On Wednesday, a vigilante and four young female suicide bombers were killed at a security checkpoint in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state when one of the bombers detonated explosives she was carrying. According to Muhammad Kanar, head of the National Emergency Management Agency for the northeast, four girls between the ages of 9 and 12 were stopped at a civilian-run security checkpoint in Mafa, Nigeria. After they were stopped, one detonated her bomb and the other three bombers were fatally shot by the vigilantes. Last month, eight people died at the same checkpoint when a female suicide bomber blew herself up among women and children seeking to escape Boko Haram in the countryside. Attacks using young women and girls as suicide bombers are an increasingly common tactic for Boko Haram in a six-year-old insurgency that has claimed more than 17,000 lives. Some of the young girls are brainwashed, experts say, — and many others are unaware they will be blown up.
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