Four suicide bombers detonated explosives at a checkpoint in the northeastern Nigerian town of Mafa on Monday, killing themselves and one member of a vigilante group, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
Five other members of the vigilante group were injured in the attack and are undergoing treatment, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, a spokesman of the agency, said by phone from the city of Maiduguri. All the suicide bombers were women, he said.
Boko Haram Islamist militants in Nigeria have stepped up suicide attacks as the military intensified its offensive to meet a December deadline by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the six-year-old insurgency.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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