By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Nigerian troops on Sunday shot dead a female suicide bomber in Borno State near a military checkpoint.
A statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, disclosed that the woman was shot after she refused to stop when challenged by the “vigilant duty sentry” from afar.
It was revealed that immediately she was shot by the soldiers, a loud sound of explosion followed, killing the suspect instantly and injuring three others.
“On Sunday, September 11, 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 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.
“The explosive also caused minor injury on two soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them. The injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties,” the Army spokesman narrated in the statement.
He said further that, “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.
Meanwhile, the Army said it has from intelligence reports 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.”