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How Military Prevented Mass Murder In Maiduguri

Posted: May 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Nigerian military, made up of policemen maintaining security at the entrance of the Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri, Borno State, intercepted and prevented a suicide bomber from entering te government office complex and carry out his plan to kill as many people as possible with an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden on his person.

A statement by Col. Sani Usman, Army spokesman in the fight against Boko Haram, said, based on suspicion, the security agents confronted the bomber, and in the process of stopping him, he detonated the IED on his body, instantly killing himself, a policeman and critically injuring another policeman that stopped him from gaining entry into the complex.

“Sadly, the injured policeman died later.

“Similarly, 18 people have sustained various degrees of injuries and have since been evacuated to hospital for treatment.

“Troops have cordoned off the area and evacuated all workers from the secretariat and reinforced security.

“In addition, the Explosive Ordinance Device and K9 teams have been mobilized to the secretariat for screening until it is declared safe.

“This unfortunate incident has reinforced the need for more security consciousness and awareness on the part of all of us as the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers still mingle with the society.

“It, therefore, behooves on all and sundry to ensure that they are detected and prevented from carrying out their dastardly acts,” the statement said.