Two barking dogs practical thwarted the deadly mission of suicide bombers sent by Boko Haram to seek entry into a rehabilitation centre for leprosy patients at a hospital on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.
The incident on Friday, August 4 reportedly left no casualties besides the two bombers and two dogs. According to the spokesman for Borno State Police Command, Victor Isuku, the attackers had sought to gain access to the health care facility.
“They were prevented by the persistent barking and attacks from dogs in the area.
“In the process, they hurriedly detonated IEDs [improvised explosive devices] strapped to their bodies, killing themselves.
He added that bomb-disposal experts had since brought safety back to the area.
An eyewitness Rilwan Isah told newsmen that the two heroic dogs belonged to a local branch of a government-sponsored vigilante movement that is helping to fight Boko Haram.
Isah said the dogs attacked the two bombers, who were strangers to the area, adding that the male suicide bomber was heard shouting in his dialect while the barking dogs barking gave them a hard chase.
Recall that Boko Haram insurgent split into two factions late 2016 and has subsequently carried out series of deadly attacks in which suicide bomber is at a heartbreaking height.
Among latest report of the activities of the insurgent, the Nigerian army disclosed that parents in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe State voluntarily donate their children, especially girls be used as suicide bombers as a contribution to Boko Haram.
The shocking revelations emerge on August 5 as disclosed by the Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, who appealed to traditional and community leaders to dissuade north-east parents from the atrocious act.
A statement by the Army said:
“This appeal became expedient in view of recent revelations by some intercepted female suicide bombers during interrogations. It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were ‘donated’ to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity.”
“The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable. Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards.”
The Nigeria Army urge the general public to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons or those whose daughters or female wards are missing or have not been seen recently.
They hold firm their pledge to reward the sum of N500,000 to anybody that brings information about suicide bombing – while the 40-day manhunt for the group’s longtime leader, Abubakar Shekau, that was initiated in July continues.
Boko Haram has continued to wreck havoc in the northeast part of Nigeria. So far, sects have killed more thousands of people and displaced more than millions of others in northeast Nigeria since 2009.