Bomber with two bombs kills self at Borno checkpoint

By 08:18 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 Comments


A bomb went off on Monday at a checkpoint on the outskirt

of Maiduguri as a suicide bomber was about to be

apprehended, a member of the youth vigilance group, Yunus

Idi, told our correspondent on the telephone in Maiduguri.

He said the suicide bomber, who was on his way to

Maiduguri from either Mainok or Benesheik, died in the

explosion that caused severe injuries to four other persons,

two members of the youth vigilance group that tried to

search him and two women with whom he boarded a taxi.

Idi said the taxi driver claimed he suspected that one of his

passengers carried a strange object.

He said the driver decided to stop and park at the

checkpoint at Njimtilo near Maiduguri, pretending to want to

take time out to ease himself.

The motorists was said to have secretly told the youth

vigilance members at the checkpoint that he suspected one

of the passengers to be carrying an object which might be a

bomb.

According to him, the vigilance group members

subsequently ordered the passengers to disembark from the

vehicle.

The suicide bomber was said to have detonated the bomb

on him to escape arrest, killing himself and injuring four

others.

Idi, who said the incident occurred at about midday,

revealed that the casualties figure could have been higher if

the second explosive the suicide bomber carried had

exploded.


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