It was the end of the road yesterday for a suspected suicide bomber in Adamawa State after he was shot dead by a soldier seconds before he could strike.
The suspicious soldier of Operation Lafiya Dole intercepted the bomber in Madagali, according to army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman.
“Vigilant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole intercepted and neutralised a male suicide bomber at Madagali, Adamawa State,” he said.
“The suicide bomber was spotted by a soldier, while attempting to infiltrate troops’ forward defensive line along Madagali-Limankara road.”
He added that the suspect was gunned down by the soldier as he failed to stop when halted.
“The accurate shot also detonated the Improvised Explosive Device vest and was blown into pieces,” Usman said.
In the last seven days, Boko Haram bombers have been active again, with troops neutralising three female ones on October 7 in Gwoza, while a car bomber ran into a convoy on the outskirts of Maiduguri, killing no fewer than 10 people.
The three female suicide bombers in Gwoza were trying to attack a military location in the town, in Borno State. But their plan was foiled.
The Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said the suicide bombers came into Gwoza through Pulka axis at about 12.57 p.m. on Thursday.
“They were sighted by members of vigilante from a distance and alerted the troops about the impending catastrophe.
“The very observant vigilante also noted that the women looked suspicious; walking awkwardly with bulging hijab and distinct from other female farmers.
“When the suicide bombers noticed that they were being observed, they hurriedly ran toward troops aiming to detonate it on them,” Usman said.
He said that the troops neutralised two of the female suicide bombers, while the third one ran back into the bush but was pursued.
On 12 October, no fewer than 10 people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb hit a convoy in the outskirt of the northeastern Borno State’s capital of Maiduguri,
The explosion went off at Muna garage, as the convoy, with a military escort was going to Gamboru Ngala.
Five persons were inside the taxi hit by the bomber.