Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Taraba Police Commissioner Was Target Of Jalingo Attack; “It Was Suicide Bombing Mission,” He Says
The Taraba State Police Commissioner, Mamman Sule, who was the target of this morning’s attack in Jalingo, the state capital, has confirmed that the bomber was on a suicide bombing mission, holding plastic military explosives on a motorbike.
Although the commissioner did not admit that the suicide bomber was after him, sources have indicated that the commissioner has been on the hit list of the the Boko Haram sect.
The source added that the sect has been targeting Mr. Sule because they hold him responsible for the killing of several of their members during his tenure as the commissioner in Yobe State, which shares boundaries with Borno State, their main enclave.
Also, it was learned that one of Sule’s motorcycle outrider lost his sight in today’s attack. Two other escorts are in critical condition at the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo.
Mr. Sule said three persons died including the attacker, while about seven were injured.
A security official told SaharaReporters that three corpses were conveyed to the morgue. A photograph of the suicide bomber with a big gash on his forehead was made available to Saharaeporters.