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Borno police confirm failed suicide bid on mosque

By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri 

Borno State Police Command has confirmed a failed suicide attack targeting worshipers at a mosque in Maiduguri. 

According to the police, the two suspected suicide bombers allegedly blew up themselves near Sulemanti Mosque located in Maiduguri metropolis in the early hours of Monday. 

Command spokesman, Mr. Victor Isuku said the bombers had targeted a mosque in Sulemanti ward with strapped Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), but were detonated, killing the two suspects during midnight Ramadan prayers. 

“A team of the Police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) has been deployed to the scene this morning near Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot.” 

A civilian Joint Task Force member, Bukar Shehu said the suicide bombers were intercepted near a mosque premises under tree, before they blew up themselves to death. 

“The people in the mosque took to their heels, while we challenged the explosives strapped suspects of their mission to the mosque, before these explosive exploded near the mosque and under this tree. 

“It was God that saved us here; we would have been killed in the dawn suicide bombings. One of our members was injured by the shrapnel of explosives, including a woman with a leg injury. She has been taken to a nearby clinic for treatment this morning,” Shehu disclosed. 

It is not clear how the suicide bomber sneaked into Maiduguri metropolis.

Meanwhile, the mosque has been condoned off by soldiers and policemen to prevent any further attacks on mosques and other public places in the metropolis.

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