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Female suicide bomber dies in botched attack on Army base

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A suspected female suicide bomber was shot dead on Sunday outside a Military base in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital while attempting to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device [IED].

Elombah.com gathered that the shooting triggered the explosives that she was carrying in her handbag.

Babakura Kolo, from the civilian volunteer force assisting troops against the rebels, told VANGUARD that “Soldiers at Maimalari Army Barracks this morning (yesterday) foiled a suicide attack by a female bomber.

“The woman approached the barracks around 7a.m. and headed towards the gates.

“Guards at the gates asked her to stop for security checks, but she ignored them and continued walking towards the gates, a handbag slung over her shoulder.

“One of the soldiers opened fire on the woman and the handbag exploded, blowing the woman to pieces.”

There were no other casualties in the explosion, which one military officer in the city described as an “attempted suicide attack by Boko Haram terrorists.”

The target was thought to be the Maimalari Army Barracks, the main military base in Maiduguri, which had been hit repeatedly in recent months by Boko Haram terrorists.

Maiduguri and environs have been under intensified attacks recently which have seen at least 34 deaths several scores injured.

Six out of the four suicide attacks this month, have been in Maiduguri.

On the morning of Friday, 16 October, about two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs in another Maiduguri bomb attack killing at least seven and injured 17 others.

At least 36 people were killed in multiple suicide attacks in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state at a mosque and a residential building, police and medical sources said on Friday. 

Borno state is the birthplace of the Boko Haram insurgency and has been the focus of attacks by suspected members of the militant Islamist group that have killed around 1,000 people since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May.

A twin suicide bombing at a mosque on the outskirts of the state capital Maiduguri killed around 29 people late on Thursday, a medical source said. A police spokesman put the toll at 14.

Around six people were killed by another suicide attack on Friday morning near the earlier bombings, but not at a mosque, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said. The bomber was also killed, while 17 people were wounded. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but they bore the hallmarks of the jihadi movement, which has been trying to carve out a state in the northeast of Africa’s most populous country since 2009.

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