Boko Haram Attacked Us With Suicide Mission, Used 50 liters of IEDs - Nigerian Army

By SaharaReporters, New York

The army authorities at the 1st Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, says that the Boko Haram suicide bombers that attacked the Nigerian Army base today waged the attack with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed in a 50 liter container.

The army’s statement, “Failed Suicide Attack on Headquarters 1 Division Nigerian Army,” which has just been issued, confirms Saharareporters story earlier today that the attack was carried out by suicide bombers.

In the statement, signed by the Assistant Director in charge of Army Public Relations, Lt.Col. Abubaka Edun, the Army stated the sequence of events as follows, “At about 1218pm on Tuesday 7th February 2012, a failed suicide bomb attempt was made on the Headquarters Complex of 1 Division Nigerian Army Kawo, Kaduna. The 2 suicide bombers came in two vehicles, a Sienna Toyota Space Bus and a Honda Accord. The drivers of the two vehicles overran the security post and the lawn leading to the Headquarters complex. One of the vehicles (Toyota Sienna Space Bus) exploded by the Car Park directly in front of the Headquarters, when a soldier opened fire on the car after the attacker refused to stop which made him loose control of the vehicle.

“The second vehicle which did not explode (Honda Accord) was loaded with 10 numbers of 20 liters of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), 4 numbers of 30 liters loaded with IEDs and 2 numbers of large peak milk containers also loaded with IEDs. The suicide bomber in the Toyota Sienna Space Bus died in the attempt, while there was no casualty on the part of (our) own troops.”

The statement did not reveal the nature of attacks on the Airforce base and the flyover in front of the army base. Also, the army authorities did not provide to our sources further information, videos or photos relating to the attack.

It would be recalled that soldiers at the 1st Mechanized Division were involved in the arrest of suspected Boko Haram sponsor and arms dealer, Nuhu Mohammed and his son, both accused of aiding the Muslim militant group in Kaduna.  They have remained in detention within the army base from where they have made their court appearances.

It is not known if the objective of today's heavy assault was to free them from detention.

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lack of concern

from the army's press statement, it shows dat they have very little concern for the safety of civilians in this country. A bomb exploded on a bus on an overhead bridge very close to 1 div barracks recording casualties and all they could say is dat no soldier was hurt.
It seem boko haram has now declared war on the army since its clear to everyone dat they have defeated the Nig police hand-down.
The army shld therefore take up d task of protecting civilian lives as well as thiers.
GOD help Nigeria.

And What About The 2nd. Suicide Bomber?

Remember, this is "official statement" from army authorities! No independent verification, no pictures. Obviously, this is why the "captured" BH Spokesman was in town. Whoever they have is feeding them wrong information (not co-orperating) or they have a "small fish", or both! They allowed Sokoto to escape, fired Ringim, grabbed Biu, ran down Sylva, Sen. Ndume, and deceived the Bokos in a talk-&-trap peace deal. Of course, too many others that have bones to pick with Dumbo are out nursing grievances. Another day, another committee! We will get there, SNC is unavoidable!

what happened to the second bomber, since you said one died

Please what happened to the second attacker, this report only said one attacker died in the vehicle that exploded, the second vehicle didn't explode, did you guys kill him, arrest or what happened? He is a valuable suspect, get information from him. No Cover Up

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