A suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint near Biu, Borno State on Tuesday, led to the death of 11 people, AFP reports, citing a vigilante and a resident.
The vigilante, who spoke to AFP, Gana Sheriff, said the attack happened at about 2pm at Yamarkumi village, four kilometres from Biu in Borno state.
“It was a suicide attack by three men in a motorised tricycle. They killed 11 people, including Civilian JTF (joint task force) and child vendors at the checkpoint,” he said.
“It was later that we realised the attackers came in two rickshaws. The one ahead had three people inside who opened fire and detonated three explosives.
“The second rickshaw immediately turned after the explosions but was pursued into the bush by soldiers and local hunters.”
A local resident, Tijjani Kanta, also told AFP that he saw 14 dead bodies at the who was at the Biu General Hospital, three of them the attackers.
“Three of them belonged to the attackers. The other 11 were of the vigilantes and children selling articles to motorists at the checkpoint,” Kanta added.
Boko Haram attacks have intensified in recent weeks as Nigeria prepares for its general elections. The terror group wants an Islamic state in Nigeria.