Four Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 19 people in a series of attacks that targeted a civilian self-defense force and the people who gathered to mourn their deaths in Nigeria.
Borno state police commissioner Damian Chukwu said 23 others were wounded in attacks.
12 of the dead were members of a civilian self-defense force and the other seven people were killed when they gathered to mourn them.
At least one of the suicide bombers was female, said a spokesman for the self-defense force, Danbatta Bello. The bombers specifically targeted his colleagues while they were on duty.
A teenage female suicide bomber actually crept to the sandbag post of our boys at Molai and before they could realise what was happening she detonated herself and killed three.
The Islamic extremist group’s insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people, abducted thousands of others and spilt over into neighbouring countries.
Northeastern Nigeria is part of what the United Nations has called the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years. More than 4.5 million people in the region need emergency food assistance.