Female suicide bomber dies in botched attack on Army base
Nigerian soldiers, yesterday, shot dead a
suspected suicide bomber outside a Military base in
Maiduguri, Borno State, a civilian vigilante and a military
source told newsmen. The shooting detonated
explosives concealed in her handbag.
The target was thought to be the Maimalari Army
Barracks, the main military base in Maiduguri, which had
been hit repeatedly in recent months by Boko Haram
Babakura Kolo, from the civilian volunteer force assisting
troops against the rebels, said: “Soldiers at Maimalari
Army Barracks this morning (yesterday) foiled a suicide
attack by a female bomber.
“The woman approached the barracks around 7a.m. and
headed towards the gates.
checks, but she ignored them and continued walking
towards the gates, a handbag slung over her shoulder.
“One of the soldiers opened fire on the woman and the
handbag exploded, blowing the woman to pieces.”
There were no other casualties in the explosion, which
one military officer in the city described as an “attempted
suicide attack by Boko Haram terrorists.”
Boko Haram has intensified its use of multiple suicide
bombers to inflict maximum casualties, with secondary
explosions detonated as people rush to help victims of
the initial blast.
No fewer than 34 people were killed in a wave of attacks
last Thursday night and Friday morning on the outskirts
of Maiduguri, while last month 117 died in explosions in
the Ajilari Cross area of the Borno State capital.