Three suspected female suicide bombers were on Wednesday killed before they could enter a market in Gulak, headquarters of Madagali local government.
Yusuf Mohammed, chairman of the local government, confirmed the development, saying vigilantes sighted the suspected bombers from a distance.
He said the vigilantes, who were on patrol around the Bakin Dutse area, ordered the suspects to stop, but they refused.
“The shots by the vigilantes detonated the explosives on two of the suspected bombers,” he said.
“Although the explosive device on the third suspect did not set off, the explosion of the devices on the two other suspects, killed her.
“We suspect the bombers were on their way to Gulak market as today is the market day.”
When contacted, Akintoye Badare, spokesman of the 28 task-force battalion, Mubi, confirmed the incident, which he said occurred around 10am.
Badare did not say whether the suspected female bombers were children or adults.
“Things are now okay. Our men are at alert as usual,” Badare said.
On Tuesday, troops repelled attacks from some fleeing insurgents at Dar village in the same local government.