*… as Army alerts on bombers disguising as lunatics
By Kingsley Omonobi
ADAMAWA—A female suicide bomber, who attempted to attack a cattle market in Borno State where scores of Muslims preparing for Eid-el-Kabir celebrations had converged for shopping, was yesterday gunned down by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
The killing of the suicide bomber and subsequent neutralising of the IED she was carrying occurred just as the military alerted Nigerians to be wary of people who dressed or appeared like mad men or women, as they could be suicide bombers in disguise.
A statement by Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, which gave details of the foiled suicide attack, said: “On Sunday evening, a suspected female suicide bomber was seen approaching a checkpoint located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala in Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State.
“She was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry; she refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.
“Troops sensing the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device, PBIED, which exploded, killing her instantly.”
The explosive also caused minor injury to two soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them.
Col. Usman said the injured soldiers and the civilian had been treated and were back to their duties.
Lunatics on the loose
He added: “This incident has shown that there are a few of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that are determined to carry out criminal acts to create panic and insecurity in some areas.
“There is also very reliable information that the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations, especially in Maiduguri.
“Consequently, all should be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.
“Therefore, it is an imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant, especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays.”