Nigerian soldiers of the 7th Division Garrison Forward Operation Base (FOB) early today averted a deadly suicide bombing attack by Islamist insurgents in Ummarari, a community in Borno State.
The military spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, disclosed that the attack was aborted about 7 a.m. this morning. In a statement, he revealed that the suspected attacker belonged to the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
“The suicide bomber was intercepted by the vigilant troops and the Civilian JTF [joint task force] while making an attempt to enter the village to detonate his dangerous cargo on innocent persons,” the military spokesman stated.
Once he was cornered by troops, the suicide bomber detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) he had strapped on his body. The would-be attacker died on the spot, becoming the sole casualty of the explosion.
“Thankfully, there was no other casualty,” said Colonel Usman, adding that soldiers and civilian security groups were “combing the surrounding area to forestall further attacks and clear the environment of likely remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.”