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Female suicide bomber lynched, another blows self up in Borno

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri   |   02 January 2017   |   2:27 am
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 06, 2016 at Mairi village outskirts of Maiduguri capital of northeast Borno State. / AFP / STRINGER

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 06, 2016 at Mairi village outskirts of Maiduguri capital of northeast Borno State. / AFP / STRINGER

The Borno State Police Command yesterday said two female Boko Haram suicide bombers were killed in Maiduguri, Borno State on new year eve.

The state Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said the suspected bombers, who were between the age of 10 and 14, attempted to attack a teashop, near the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) office, 30 minutes before curfew time.

Chukwu said one of the suspects, while still a little far off to the soft target apparently grew nervous and detonated the improvised explosive device (IED) prematurely. He said one person was injured in the bomb attack.


A vigilant mob at the teashop, however, caught sight of the other suspect, raced after the girl and beat her to death. Our men, who had been alerted by the first detonation swiftly defused the device on her,” said Chukwu.

A civilian joint task force (JTF) member, Modu Fugo in his narrative said: “The girl approached a crowd buying noodles from a food vendor in the Customs Area of the city around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and detonated her explosives. After the explosion, some people at the tea shop sighted another suspect, pursued her, not minding that she was strapped with explosives and killed her on the spot, before the police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) arrived to defuse the explosives.”

Meanwhile, the Gubio Council Area chairman, Alhaji Zanna Modu has commended troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for the capture of Sambisa Forest and the re-openings of Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak border roads with Niger Republic.
Modu specifically expressed the gratitude of Gubio people to President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor, the military and other security operatives as well as the World Food Programme (WFP) for identifying with the displaced people, who are in dire need of the basic needs of life.

With the troops victory over the insurgents, he said re-opened roads covering a total distance of 185 kilometres linking several liberated communities in northern Borno State have been re-opened.

Modu made the commendations yesterday in Gubio town, while flagging off the distribution of Word Food Programme (WPF) relief materials to
70, 000 returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the liberated communities in the council area.




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