Nigeria’s operational headquarters is in Maiduguri. Photo Credit: AFP
A bomb has exploded in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri at Ummarari.
Witnesses say about three to four loud blasts were heard near Maimalari barracks this morning.
The BBC reports that three suspected female suicide bombers were spotted attempting to enter the city.
A security source told a BBC reporter that the women were shot at which caused their bombs to explode killing all three of them.
The explosions occurred at Ummarari, not as earlier reported near the barracks, which is in an area with the same name.
It is believed the women entered the city through the Mulai area on its outskirts.
This route leads to the vast Sambisa forest, a hideout for the Boko Haram Islamist group.
President Muhammadu Buhari moved the military’s operational headquarters to Maiduguri last year to better tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Islamist militants have lost much of the land they had captured in the last 20 months, but have been behind multiple bomb and suicide attacks.