A female suicide bomber was on Sunday gunned down by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. The suicide bomber reportedly attempted to attack a cattle market in Borno state where scores of Muslims preparing for Eid el Kabir celebrations had converged for shopping.
This was contained in a statement signed by Col Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations.
Part of the statement read:
“On Sunday 11th September 2016, evening, a suspected female suicide bomber was seen approaching troops check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State.
“She was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry, she refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.
“Troops sensing the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly.”
The explosive was however, said to have injured 2 soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them. The injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, also warned Nigerians to be alert when in public places as the insurgents now disguise as mad people to enter into gatherings.
“In a related development, there is also very reliable information that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.
“Consequently, all should be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.
“Therefore, it is imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays. “The public are further enjoined to report any suspicious persons or movement to the security agencies.”