At least 55 reported killed by Boko Haram suicide bombers

Suicide bombings in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 55 people and injured 100 others, the local civil defense leader reported Saturday.

Several women blew themselves up in crowds that had gathered in the village of Zabarmari on Friday, shortly after an attack by members of Boko Haram, according to reports.

The local leader said the death toll could rise, as a number of people were dismembered in the explosions, leaving the exact number of bodies difficult to ascertain. Children are believed among the dead.

Police meanwhile found unexploded bombs at the scene on Saturday, which were disabled.

Zabarmari is near the city of Maiduguri, which is considered a Boko Haram stronghold. There have been a number of suicide attacks in the region, increasingly committed by women.

On Thursday, two female suicide bombers killed 11 people in villages in Borno state, while about 150 people were killed in Borno villages earlier in the week.