A woman in Nigeria was killed by an angry mob after she attempted and failed to detonate an explosive vest at a cattle market.
The incident in the town of Maiduguri occurred just minutes after another woman succeeded in detonating her vest in the area, although she was the only one who was killed in the blast, according to the Daily Mail.
The suicide attacks took place around 8:40 a.m. on Dec. 26. Authorities say the women coordinated with each other and intended to maximize casualties.
While no one has taken credit for the attack, police believe it was directed by jihadist group Boko Haram, which has terrorized northeastern Nigeria since 2009.
Recently, Nigerian security forces claimed to have defeated the terrorist organization, driving it out of its last remaining stronghold in the Sambisa Forest, which is about 35 miles southeast of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s Borno State.
“I was told by the chief of army staff that the camp fell at about 1:35 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide,” President Muhammadu Buhari said, according to the Daily Mail. “I urge you to maintain the tempo by pursuing them and bringing them to justice.”
In a video posted to YouTube, Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, asserted his group is far from beaten.
“I am here, well and alive,” he said in the video, according to USA Today. He proceeded to announce that “the battle is just beginning” and that “our mission is to establish an Islamic caliphate.”
The government has declared Shekau dead at least three times in the past. After each announcement, he has released a video in which he taunts Nigerian authorities.
Boko Haram gained worldwide infamy after the group kidnapped around 200 girls from a school in April 2014. Most of the girls have not yet been found.
Since the group’s reign of terror began in 2009, more than 20,000 Nigerians have been killed and approximately 2.6 million have been displaced. The country faces a humanitarian catastrophe with around 5 million people starving.
Sources: Daily Mail, USA Today / Photo credit: BGB/Idrisa Ali Father via Daily Mail