The Nigeria Police Force, Bornu State Command, have confirmed the killings of a local vigilante and a suicide bomber during an attempt to attack a Mosque in Maiduguri (North-east Nigeria) by a suicide bomber on Monday morning.
Spokesperson of the Command, Victor Isuzu, said a male suicide bomber carried out the attack at the Dalori area of the state capital.
According to him, “Today at about 0522hrs, a male suicide bomber detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body near a mosque at Dalori Quarters situated along Maiduguri/ Konduga /Bama road.
“The bomber killed himself and a local vigilante- the civilian JTF operative who tried to prevent him from getting close to the mosque where many faithful in the locality were observing their early morning prayers,” Isuzu said in a statement, adding that the area of the Monday attack had been secured and normal activities has resumed.
Between 28th December, 2016 and 31st January, 2017, at least 26 people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Maiduguri, Bornu State capital – 20, in an attack in Buraburin area while another four were killed two weeks ago at a Mosque in University of Maiduguri staff quarters.