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Policemen maintaining security duties at the entrance of Borno State Government secretariat, known as Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri, on Thursday intercepted and prevented a male suicide bomber from entering to attack workers based on suspicion.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed this in a statement said that the suicide bomber killed himself, and a policeman with 18 others injured.
Usman explained: “In the process of stopping him, he detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on his body, instantly killing himself, a policeman and critically injuring another policeman that stopped him from gaining entry into the Secretariat Complex”.
Sadly, he said, the injured policeman died later.
“Similarly, 18 people have sustained various degrees of injuries and have since been evacuated to hospital for treatment.,” he stated
He said that the troops have cordoned off the area and evacuated all workers from the Secretariat and reinforced security.
In addition, Usman said, the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) and K9 teams have been mobilized to the Secretariat for screening until it is declared safe.
He noted that the unfortunate incident has reinforced the need for more security consciousness and awareness on the part of all of us as the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers still mingle with the society.
According to the DAPR, it behoves on all and sundry to ensure that they are detected and prevented from carrying out their dastardly acts.
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