A suspect suicide bomber aiming for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp has been struck down by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed behind Bakassi camp, Damboa road, Maiduguri, on Sunday, October 30.
The army spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman confirmed the deadly incident which occurred around 9:00pm and he told newsmen that suicide bomber was killed in his quest to sneak through security inner parapet. According the report, one of the bombs detonated on the terrorist’s body as the sniper gunned him down.
Speaking further, Usman stated that a combined team of military and police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) have been called to safely detonate the other IED strapped on the suspects body.
The Colonel said:
“The vigilant sentry sighted the attacker trying to force his way through the western defensive fence at the IDP camp and laid in wait until the suicide bomber came closer.
“The sniper instantly shot and killed the terrorists. Unfortunately, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) vest strapped on the bomber failed to detonate.
“Consequently, a combined team of military and police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) have been called to safely detonate the IED.
“So I can confidently say that the situation at the camp and the general area is calm.”
It was recalled that before the attempt on IDP camp, a twin bomb exploded at time range between 7:00 – 7:35am in Borno capital city, Marduguri on Saturday, October 29.
An eye witness said that six persons were killed in the blast and have been evacuated to the hospital, while 24 others were injured. The second blast which occurred near the NNPC fuel depot along Damboa Road, reportedly killed a woman and a tricycle (keke) rider.
Although it was not clear whether the bomber was the woman, or the tricycle driver.