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Soldiers foil suicide bomb attempt in Maiduguri

30 October 2016, 21:10

Maiduguri - The Nigerian Army on Sunday foiled another attempt by a suspected suicide bomber to attack the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri, its spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement.

Usman, who issued the statement in Maiduguri, said: "At about 9.00a.m. this morning, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed behind Bakassi IDP camp, Damboa Road, Maiduguri, on security duty, intercepted a suspected male suicide bomber.

"He had attempted to sneak through the troops’ inner parapet towards the IDP camp before he was shot dead."

He said that “the vigilant sentry sighted the bomber and lay in wait until the suicide bomber came close.

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"The sniper instantly shot and killed the terrorist as he tried to force his way to the western flank of the IDP camp fence."

Usman said the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) vest strapped on the bomber failed to detonate, adding that "a combined team of military and police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) have been called to safely detonate the IED."

He said that the situation at the camp and the general area was calm.

On Saturday two female suicide bombers killed nine persons in Maiduguri.

Usman, who confirmed the attacks, said after the first bomber detonated her bomb, the second, in a tricycle, tailed a fuel tanker that was about to discharge fuel at a station.

All three occupants of the tricycle died, the army spokesman said. 

- NAN

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