The Nigeria army says its men have forced a suicide bomber to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on himself, thus preventing another suicide bomb.
According to a statement signed by Sani usman, a colonel and acting director of army public relations, the army intercepted the suspected bomber on his way to Ummarari community in Borno state,
“Troops of 7 Division Garrison, Forward Operation Base (FOB), on Saturday averted yet another suicide bombing catastrophe on Ummarari community by suspected Boko Haram terrorist at about 7 a.m,” Usman said.
“The suicide bomber was intercepted by the vigilant troops and the civilian JTF while attempting to enter the village to detonate his dangerous cargo on innocent persons in the community.”
It said the suspect was forced to detonate his explosives, after he was halted by security agents and members of the Civilian JTF.
“The suicide bomber detonated the strapped Improvised Explosive Device (IED) vest on his body, thus killing himself instantly, when he was forced to halt, based on suspicion that he was carrying suicide bombing material.
“Thankfully, there was no any other casualty other than the suspected suicide bomber.
“Troops and the Civilian JTF at the village are now combing the surrounding area to forestall further attacks and clear the environment of likely remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating,”