A suicide bomber and a security vigilante have died in fresh bomb attack foiled in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The failed suicide attack was planned for a mosque located at Da-Lori quarters on the Maiduguri-Bama highway during the early morning prayer.
The state police spokesman, Victor Isuku, said the attack was carried out by a male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device vest he was wearing, when intercepted by members of the civilian joint task force near the mosque.
His statement reads: “Today at about 0522hrs, a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body near a mosque at Dalori quarters situated along Maiduguri/Konduga/Bama road, killing himself and a civilian JTF operative who was preventing the suicide bomber from getting close to or access the mosque where many faithful in the locality were observing their early morning prayers.
“EID personnel of the command had since swept the scene and rendered it safe, while normalcy has returned to the area.”
The Head of Media and Public Relations of NEMA, Mr. Sani Datti, said the attacker was targeting Muslims in early morning prayers at the Dalori quarters.
He said, “One Civilian JTF and a male suicide bomber died in a foiled suicide bomb attack targeting a mosque during morning prayer in Dalori quarters in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“The incident occurred at 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning 31/1/2017. Their bodies have been evacuated to Specialists Hospital in Maiduguri.”