Two killed as Nigeria police foil multiple suicide bombings


Two suicide bombers in the early hours of Friday killed themselves at a police checkpoint near the Federal High Court Complex in Maiduguri, after police officers on guard tried to stop them from advancing towards their post, an official said.

A third suicide bomber was arrested, the police said.

Three of them – two females and a male – were spotted creeping in the dark towards the police post at about 3.50 a.m., said the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku.

Another set of twin blasts were heard at about 8 a.m., but the details are yet to be ascertained.

Residents of Maiduguri were jerked off their sleeping beds by the two echoing sounds of the first blasts. No one, including this reporter, could say from where it was coming.

“By 3:50 a.m. today, mobile police personnel on guard duty opposite the federal high court, sighted three suspected suicide bombers (2females & a male) running towards their sandbag”, said Mr. Isuku, a deputy superintendent of police.

“They ordered them to a halt for questioning. In the process, one of them detonated the IED strapped to her body, killing herself and one other male accomplice.

“The other female survivor was arrested alive and subsequently handed over to the military for further exploitation and necessary follow up actions.

“Police bomb disposal units also mobilized to the scene to detonate unexploded IEDs on the bodies of the deceased suicide bombers. The second bang was as a result of the demolition of the remaining IEDs by police EOD units. Normalcy has already been restored”.

Friday’s failed suicide attack came exactly a week after three suicide bombers, all females, were gunned down by a military patrol team while trying to invade Maiduguri all armed with bombs strapped on their bodies.

It appears a trend that Boko Haram carry out such attacks at the weekends, especially on Fridays.

Boko Haram has increased their attacks on Maiduguri using suicide bombers after they released 21 of the 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to the federal government.

They have sustained their attacks despite continued negotiations with the federal government for the release of more of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

The federal government recently denied it paid ransom to free the girls.

Details of the second set of blasts to come later.


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  • Rommel

    Hmnnnnnnnn! there was a time when we used to boast that Nigerians would never become suicide bombers,that was a long time ago

    • Babso

      Shocking, to say the least.

  • musa aliyu

    The report of the arrested couldn’t have featured, just to make the sponsors relaxed that their mission is accomplished, only for them to be apprehended, using intelligence gathered from the captured shege.

  • Noble

    That is the wonders of prayers.Lets keep on praying!!

  • We dey hear

    • “Today, i can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri
    to Bama and all the way to Banki which leads to Cameroun and the Central African
    Republic are in the hands of our gallant troops. They have so degraded the capacity
    of Boko Haram that the terrorists can no longer hold on to any territory just as they
    can no longer carry out any spectacular attack.”

    ………….General Lai Muhammed of APC party

    [December 23, 2015]

  • Papa Oghwriodo


    Try and listen to the voice of elders. This strong head that President Buhari is doing
    cannot go anywhere. President Buhari is not a good army general. He was promoted
    to general after doing coup. That one is not real general. President Buhari cannot know
    how to fight Boko Haram. He is just wasting his time. Boko Haram civilian fighters have more
    military sense and tactics than this so-called General Buhari.

    The next thing for Buhari to do now is for Buhari to write letter and beg the leader of Boko Haram.
    That one can have mercy and invite Buhari to Sambisa forest to negotiate surrender. Anything they
    demand Buhari must do it because these Boko Haram boys have said they will soon enter inside
    President Buhari’s bedroom in Aso Rock. I have told the 2nd son of my sister to pack his things out
    of Abuja and come back home to Warri because President Buhari cannot protect him there in Abuja.

    • Viva Revo

      The day Boko Haram starts targeting and killing only the politicians in Nigeria,

      Boko Haram shall turn into an unstoppable revolutionary force with popular backing

      right from Calabar to Katsina. May God not give Boko Haram the wisdom to transform

      into such a popular revolutionary movement without further reference to religion.

      • Son of Abu Qaqa

        Boko Haram is a determined
        armed challenge to the crass and rogue elites of Northern Nigerian elites who
        live by plunder, in the name of one north, whilst the children and youths of
        northern Nigeria wander the face of the earth, like vagabonds.

        Boko Haram is a military uprising
        against the several rogue northern Emirs who provide no spiritual leadership
        for the disparate people of northern Nigeria but lock their people up like
        donkeys of burden. Anyone expecting peace and stability in northern Nigeria on
        those metrics, is unwise. These children – turned into serfs – will one day
        rise up in arms and kill and kill and kill, not just for catharsis, but in
        enlightened self-interest to be rid of a useless crop of so-called northern
        leaders, dressed in borrowed robes, as thieves in disguise.

    • Victor

      Don’t worry, to ease your mind we’ll bring back oga Jona who tried for six years but failed or better still General Tompolo and his egbesu specialists to come and sort out every problem. Happy?