In Borno, a suicide bomber was spotted before the planned attack on an IDP camp, and the crisis was averted. This incident occurred when friends and families were burying five of the victims of the assumed attack by the Boko Haram insurgents earlier this week. Soldiers immediately gunned down the suspected suicide bomber and brought him into the barracks.
2017-05-31 Africa (Premium Times) A lone suicide bomber was on Tuesday afternoon shot dead as he attempted to attack a military barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, a witness said.
The incident happened at about the time some internally displaced persons (IDPs) were busy burying five of their colleagues that were slaughtered by suspected Boko Haram insurgents around Nguro in Konduga Local Government Area.
Witnesses said the remains of the five locals, identified as IDPs, were on Monday found a day after suspected Boko Haram members attacked and beheaded them in Nguro village.
The victims were identified as residents of Balle Shuwari.
Balle Shuwari, located about 5km from Giwa barracks, was part of the communities sacked by Boko Haram.
The sack of the community led the victims to become displaced, thus living in the IDP camp in Konduga before the Sunday attack.
Speaking on the shot suicide bomber, a leader of the Civilian-JTF, Danbatta Bello, informed PREMIUM TIMES that the suspect had intended to make his way into the barracks before some soldiers spotted him and gunned him down.
“It happened at about 2.40 p.m. today (Tuesday) when the suicide bomber was spotted towards the perimeter fencing of Giwa barracks and he was immediately gunned down by soldiers,” said Mr. Bello.