The Nigerian Army has said it has killed a female suicide bomber who was carrying an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State.
In a statement on Monday by Army Spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman, the incident which happened on Sunday led to minor injuries on two soldiers and a Civilian JTF member.
Usman said the troops had suspected the suicide bomber and insisted that she stopped but she refused to.
According to Usman, one of the soldiers shot at her and the IED exploded just as she fell to the ground.
The statement also revealed that some of the Boko Haram remnants now pose as mad men in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.
It urged Nigerians to be vigilant and security conscious especially during the Eid festivities.
The statement read, “On Sunday 11th September 2016, evening, a suspected female suicide bomber was seen approaching troops check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State.
“She was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry, she refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.
“Troops sensing the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the sentry gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly and causing minor injury on 2 soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them.
“The injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties.
“This incident has shown that there are a few of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that are determined to carry out criminal acts to create panic and insecurity in some areas.
“In a related development, there is also very reliable information that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.
“Consequently, all should be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.
“Therefore, it is imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays.
“The public are further enjoined to report any suspicious persons or movement to the security agencies.”