Several female suicide bombers blew themselves up in the midst of fleeing residents in a northeast Nigerian village, continuing a series of attacks that have killed some 200 people in just three days, witnesses said Saturday.

The latest attack took place Friday night in Zabarmari village, 10 kilometers (six miles) from the city of Maiduguri, birthplace of the jihadi group.

Local resident Haladu Musa, who fled the attack to Maiduguri, told AFP that “large numbers” of fighters poured into the village, overpowering government forces deployed to prevent the insurgents reaching Maiduguri.

“The soldiers were forced to retreat,” he said.

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