- Two soldiers, Civilian JTF member injured
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian military has killed a female suicide bomber at a security checkpoint while attempting to gain entrance into a cattle market in Borno State on the eve of Sallah day celebration.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement that a suspected female suicide bomber was on Sunday September 11, 2016, evening, seen approaching troops’ check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala,
in Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA), Borno State.
He said that the suspect was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry but 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 and causing minor injury to two soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them,” he stated.
Usman said that the injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties.
This incident, he noted, has shown that there are a few of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that are determined to carry out criminal acts to create panic and insecurity in some areas.
In a related development, usman said “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”.
Against this backdrop, the Army Spokesman warned members of the public to be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.
According to him, 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,” he added.