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Two teenage girl 'bombers' shot dead in Nigeria

AFP  |  Kano 

Two teenage girls wearing explosive vests were shot dead by soldiers in a town in north eastern just days after a blast killed 14 worshippers, militia sources told AFP today.

Soldiers patrolling the town of opened fire after the two girls, strapped with explosives, refused to remove the vests in the early hours of the morning. A third girl was arrested.

"Three teenage suicide bombers were found by soldiers and two of them were killed while the third was arrested with her explosive belt," said Umar Kachalla, a civilian militiaman in the town close to the border.

"Two of the girls who were walking together were asked to remove their vests but they refused and were shot dead by troops," he added.

Soldiers spotted the third girl after she abandoned her explosive vest in a nearby empty building, said another militiaman Shehu Mada.

The attempted bombing comes as has launched a major offensive against following an escalation in attacks by the jihadist group over the festive season.

Last Wednesday, 14 worshippers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in during morning prayers, according to vigilantes and residents.

had previously controlled the town, a trading hub, for over a year after seizing it in August 2014, along with the neighbouring Ngala.

Nigerian troops retook both towns in September 2015 with the help of Chadian forces.

Despite the recapture of the area, fighters continue to launch offensives, ambushing troops and vehicles, and attacking farmers and loggers.

Last week, Boko Haram released a video message claiming a series of attacks in the northeast, including those in

Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency against the government of has spilled into neighbouring Niger, and Cameroon, killing around 20,000 people and displacing more than 2.6 million.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 03:10 IST