Nigerian Army has confirmed that a suicide bomber has injured five civilians during a failed attempt to bomb a mosque in the early hours of yesterday at Sulaimanti, outskirts of Maiduguri city.
Acting director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement yesterday that the terrorists carrying Improvised Explosive Device, IED, attempted to attack worshippers at Sulaimanti mosque during early morning prayer, but were prevented from gaining access to the mosque.
According to Col. Usman, “The troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with the ever dedicated Civilian JTF maintaining security and vigilance, averted yet another attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash suicide bombing into the peaceful community of Sulaimanti, outskirts of Maiduguri city, early today morning.
“Unfortunately, five civilians sustained injuries during the failed attempt. A team of Explosive Ordinance Device, EOD, has successfully detonated the remaining IEDs and combed the area.
“The injured had since been evacuated to the hospital while troops and security agents have intensified patrol within the general area.”
The statement also said, “Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu has also visited the community shortly after the incident and commiserated with them, and reminded them of their civic responsibility to arrest or report suspected persons who usually reconnoitre their domain before carrying out suicide attacks, and reassured them of the military and security agencies’ commitment to their safety and security.”
Eye witnesses claimed that two suicide bombers stormed the area, but one fled without detonating his IED, even as the Civilian JTF and volunteers searched the whole area with a view to arresting the fleeing suicide attacker.
“The suicide bomber who disguised as a worshiper attempted to enter the nearby Masalacin Kofar Shehu Councillor (mosque) when Muslim faithful were performing their morning prayers, but the IEDs he was carrying exploded few metres to the mosque leaving the suicide bomber dead with few others who were about to enter the mosque injured,” the source said.
The incident occurred early in the morning, leaving residents of Maiduguri in shocks as it has been close to two months now without any explosion or gunshot within the metropolis.
A local, Mallam Ali Aji who also was in the mosque when the explosion happened said: “Immediately after the blast, worshippers had to desert the mosque for their lives, before men of the Civilian JTF and military arrived the scene and cordon off the whole area. As I am speaking to you now the charred body of the suicide bomber is scattered all over the place.”
This is not the first time the mosque will witness an attack, as some Boko Haram fighters attacked and killed residents with Ak47 rifles near the same mosque in 2012.

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