In a statement released on Saturday, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, said that the female suicide bombers had used the cover of darkness to stalk the military camp at about 9.45pm. However, they were promptly detected by the vigilant troops who engaged them when they refused to comply with their order.
NAN reported that Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said that one of the suicide vests detonated immediately killing the two suicide bombers while the second suicide vest failed to detonate. He added that the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team had safely defused the suicide vest.
Few weeks ago, the Police in Borno State arrested a female suicide bomber near an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Bakassi, Maiduguri. The Police in a statement, identified the female suicide bomber as Zara Idriss.
The statement, which was signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Edet Okon, explained further that suspect was successfully arrested before detonating the bomb near the IDP camp and is currently in police custody.
“On sighting the bomber, conventional policemen alongside their EOD counterparts swung into action and cordoned off the area to prevent escape of the bomber into the city.
As a result, the suspect, one Zara Idriss was rendered safe, arrested and is now held in custody,” the statement read in part.
The Commissioner of Police in Borno State, therefore, asked members of the public to go about their activities without fear and to promptly report any suspicious movement around them to the police or other security agencies.
A frequent target for the suicide bombers in Borno State home is noted to be IDPs – home to many people displaced by the violence.
In January, at least 12 people were killed and 48 others injured at the Muna Garage in Maiduguri, when two suicide bombers attacked it.