A failed suicide attempt reportedly occurred on Saturday, as a suicide bomber heading to a market in Borno State, mistakenly detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing himself alone.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on Saturday, at about 7:20 p.m at the Monday Market general area. Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the incident told newsmen that the suicide bomber was heading to the market where he saw massive crowd to detonate the IED strapped on his body.
“The male suicide bomber sighted massive presence of police and other security deployments at Oando Filling station near Post Office and hurriedly detonated the explosives, killing himself alone.
“More police personnel have been deployed to most parts of the capital and other flash points in the state.
“This is to ensure security of lives and property, especially in the remaining days of the Ramadan fast and as Eid el-Fitr approaches,” he said.
NAN reported that the police Explosive Ordinance Device team were quickly deployed to sanitise the area and render it safe.
Few weeks ago also, the Police Command in Borno said four Boko Haram terrorists were killed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies in Mainari Kanuri and Shua villages in Konduga Local Government Area of the state. The Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Edet Okon, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri.
“Three of the suicide bombers detonated their IEDs killing themselves only, while the fourth person killed herself and three others,’’ Okon said.
He said seven other persons were injured during the attack and had been taken to the hospital. He said that security had been beefed up in the area and all other places around Maiduguri city to safeguard the public from Boko Haram attacks.
“Meanwhile, a suicide bomber was sighted on Thursday by security agents and was promptly neutralised in Bama Local Government Area, but no casualty was recorded.
“The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, assures the general public of the commitment of the Force to continue to protect lives and property,’’ the spokesman said.