The troops of the Nigerian Army have killed a suspected female suicide bomber in Borno State.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Monday that the suspected bomber was killed at a checkpoint at the cattle market in Dikwa, Dikwa Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the troops on duty had to fire at her when she refused to obey the directive of the sentry on duty to stop and claimed to be on her way to Dikwa from Monguno to see her parents.
Usman said that the soldiers were proven right when the suspected female suicide bomber who was carrying ‘Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices’ exploded and died on the spot.
He said that two soldiers and a member of the Civilian JTF sustained minor injuries and were treated.
He said, “On Sunday, 11th September 2016, in the evening, a suspected female suicide bomber was seen approaching a check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“She was challenged from afar by the vigilant sentry on duty but she refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.
“The troops who sensed the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly and causing minor injuries on two soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them.”
The Acting Army Spokesman said that the incident had shown that the remnants of the insurgents were determined to carry out heinous acts to creat panic and insecurity in the areas.
He added that the insurgents were disguising as mad people to have access to crowded places in Maiduguri.
Usman who urged the citizenry to be security conscious advised them to be wary of mad people and to report their presence to security personnel.