Army kills suicide bomber outside IDP camp

Brigadier General Sani Usman, Nigerian Army spokesperson
Colonel Sani Usman, Nigerian Army spokesperson
Colonel Sani Usman, Nigerian Army spokesperson

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed behind Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Damboa road, Maiduguri, on Sunday intercepted and killed a male suicide bomber.

Colonel Sani Usman, the army spokesman said this in a statement.

He explained that the troops, who were deployed on security duty, killed the bomber, who had attempted to sneak through their inner parapet towards the IDP camp.

He said that the incident occurred at about 9:00 a.m.

It will be recalled that suicide bombers killed some nine people close to the camp on Saturday after detonating their explosives.

“The vigilant sentry sighted the bomber and laid in wait until the suicide bomber came close.

“The sniper instantly shot and killed the terrorists as he tried to force his way to the western flank of the IDP camp fence.

“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,” Usman said.

He, however, said the situation at the camp and the general area was calm.

On 29 October, two suicide bombers killed nine persons in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and the heart of a seven-year-old insurgency by Boko Haram militants.

The first attack by a female suicide bomber occurred at 6 a.m in front of a camp for the internally displaced persons in the Bakassi area as scores of people were coming out of the camp to begin a new day. Five persons died at the scene.

Minutes later a second bomb went off near the NNPC mega station.

The attack was carried out by another female bomber, who was inside a tricycle, popularly called KEKE NAPEP.