Troops of the Nigerian Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole on Thursday at about 6.30 a. m., intercepted a male suicide bomber on the outskirts of Maiduguri and neutralized the bomb he strapped on himself, the army said.

Sani Usman, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement that the terrorist attempted to infiltrate the city through the troops’ forward defences at Jidari Polo general area. According to Mr. Usman, the insurgent came in through Alidawari village, about 4 kilometres ahead of Jidari and strapped himself with heavy Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) vest.

He has also added that the troops ordered the man to stop several times before proceeding to take him down:

“The vigilant troops, on sighting him, laid in wait for the intruder when he vehemently refused to stop despite several warnings and challenges. A marksman neutralised the suicide bomber. The combined team of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD), safely detonated the IED-laden vest on the suicide bomber.”

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