A suspected suicide bomber has died near a school in n Afikpo town, Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi state after a suicide vest he was wearing exploded on his body.
A resident in the area said the incident happened around 12 noon.
“He made an attempt at entering Amaizu/ Amangballa Primary School but was turned back by the school security since he couldn’t justify his reason for visiting. He immediately started running inside a nearby bush before a big bang was heard,” the resident said.
People around the area scampered for safety when the bomb exploded, he said.
They, however, went to the scene of the incident a few minutes later, only to discover the suspected suicide bomber lying dead in a pool of his blood.
The upper part of the suspected suicide bomber’s body was completely destroyed from the impact of the bomb.
The resident who noted that the incident happened close to the Eke Market Afikpo which is said to be the biggest market in the area hinted that there is tension and panic in the community.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, confirmed the incident but noted that he was yet to get details of what happened.
The state government has now said it was a grenade of a security personnel carrying out his duties at the said location that accidentally exploded.