Two suicide bombers in the early hours of Friday killed themselves at a police checkpoint near the Federal High Court Complex in Maiduguri, after police officers on guard tried to stop them from advancing towards their post. A third suicide bomber was arrested. Three of them – two females and a male – were spotted creeping in the dark towards the police post at about 3.50 a.m. Another set of twin blasts were heard at about 8 a.m., but the details are yet to be ascertained.
Health workers confirmed the girls were not sexually abused while in captivity, and tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases. Many girls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group have been used as sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers, according to rights groups including Amnesty International. But the 21 freed girls said the militants treated them well while they were held captive, according to a confidential report based on their two-week debriefing prepared for President Muhammadu Buhari and seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.