Nigeria: Soldiers Disarm Suicide Bomber in Borno, Avert Disaster

A suspected suicide bomber who was primed to carry out an attack on innocent citizens using an explosive device concealed in an electronic stabilizer compartment has been disarmed by vigilant troops in a suburb of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The suspect, who gave his name as Yusuf Tasiu, confessed that he was on a mission at the instance of his other members to carry out attack on the community where he was intercepted.

The prevention of what could have turned out to be another disaster occurred at a time many families within and around the state were rejoicing over the recent release of their relatives who were arrested and detained by the Nigerian military as suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said in a statement that "troops of 101 Battalion, 7 Division Garrison on foot patrol along with some elements of Civilian JTF, intercepted a suspected male suicide bomber at Sabon Gari Jidari."

"The suspect carrying primed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed in a blue stabilizer casing gave his name as Yusuf Tasiu. He was dispossessed of the explosives while the Nigeria Police Explosive Ordnance Devices expert safely detonated it. The suicide bomber is currently being interrogated."

Mr. Usman, an acting Director Army Public Relations, added that, in a similar occurrence, some Vigilante group operating at Njidari village, South-East of Damboa, conducted clearance operations against suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideout close to Ngwalimeri village, east of Bale in Borno State.

"The vigilante destroyed the camp and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number 565203224 with locally fabricated 5 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions and a pair of military uniform. The leader of the vigilante handed over same to the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa", he said.

Source: Premium Times