The police in Borno State have confirmed a foiled suicide attack targeted at worshipers at a mosque in Maiduguri, the state capital, in the early hours of Monday.
Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers were said to have blown themselves up near Sulemanti mosque in Maiduguri metropolis.
The spokesman of the police in the state, Victor Isuku told The Nation that the bombers targeted a mosque in Sulemanti ward with strapped Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, but were detonated, killing the two suspect during midnight Ramadan prayers.
Isuku said, “A team of the Police Explosives Ordinance Department, EOD, has been deployed to the scene this morning near Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, depot.”
A civilian Joint Task Force member, JTF, Bukar Shehu also said that the suicide bombers blew themselves to death near a mosque.
He said, “The people in the mosque took to their heels, while we challenged the explosives strapped suspects of their mission to the mosque, before these explosive exploded near the mosque and under this tree.
“It was God that saved us here; we would have been killed in the dawn suicide bombings.
“One of our members was injured by the shrapnel of explosives, including a woman with a leg injury. She has been taken to a nearby clinic for treatment this morning.”