Five Killed as Suicide Bombers Try to Enter Hospital in Nigeria

Five people died in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno on Saturday when two female suicide bombers detonated devices at a hospital.

The bombs exploded when the women, claiming to be visiting patients, were searched at the hospital entrance, killing themselves, two security guards and another person, Hassan Ibrahim, a member of a vigilante group, said by phone on Saturday from Maiduguri, Borno’s capital.

Several people were injured in the blast in Mule, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, according to Ibrahim.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came to office last month vowing to crush a six-year insurgency by Boko Haram. The Islamist group has stepped up attacks at markets and other public places since losing territory earlier this year after a regional military offensive by forces from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

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