Following the renewed suicide bomb attack in Gwoza community in Borno state, the Yobe state command of the Nigeria Police Force has urged residents in the state to report any suspicious persons and movement of objects to the nearest police station.
In a press statement issued on Thursday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, the Yobe state command said it received with concern the news of the recent suicide bomb attack in Mosque in Gwoza local government council of Borno state where 4 persons died as a result of the attack.
The command further stated that “in lieu of the news, Yobe state command as a matter of precaution is calling on the general public to be vigilant and beware of suspicious behavior of persons that may be dangerous as the war against insurgency is still ongoing”.
On the 26th of January 2020, two female suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Gwoza, Borno state, killing a 12-year-old boy and injuring thirteen others.
Channels Television gathered that the female bombers tried to force their way into the mosque during the early morning prayers before some persons in the neighborhood raised an alarm.
Some residents suspect that the suicide bombers might have infiltrated the town during a wedding which held at the palace of the Emir of Gwoza on Saturday, January 25.
One person was killed and 13 others injured when suicide bombers struck a village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Friday.
The Borno State Police Command said four female suicide bombers were involved in the attack which occurred around 9:49 pm.
All four attackers infiltrated Muna Zawiya village in Mafa Local Government before detonating their explosives, killing themselves and one person – a female, the command’s Public Relations Officer, Edet Okon, said in a statement.
“Thirteen persons were injured and were taken to a hospital where they are responding to treatment,” Okon added.
After the attack, policemen including members of Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and Explosives Ordinances Disposal specialists were dispatched to the area to bring the situation under control.
Okon said normalcy has returned to the area and that adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure hitch-free Easter celebrations.
Friday’s explosion occurred at a time when residents in the area where indoors due to the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the area because of the frequent suicide attacks in the area.
The suicide blasts were heard in parts of Maiduguri were a curfew starts at 10 pm and lasts till dawn.
A frequent target for the suicide bombers in the area is Muna Garage, which is home to many people displaced by the violence.
In January, at least 12 people were killed and 48 others injured at the garage when two suicide bombers attacked it.
The police in Maiduguri have foiled a suicide bomb attack in Mafa/Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Police spokesperson, Isuku Victor, in a release on Monday said two female suicide bombers were sighted while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri township from Mafa /Dikwa LGA axis.
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“They were sighted by vigilant security personnel deployed on patrol. Apparently startled by the presence of the security patrol team, and in order to avoid arrest, one of the bombers hurriedly detonated her IED vest.
“She killed herself and her partner in the process, in a nearby farmland close to NDLEA checkpoint along Maiduguri /Mafa highway, outskirt of Maiduguri township.
No other casualty was recorded but police patrol and EOD teams were mobilised to the scene and render the unexploded IED vest of the second bomber safe.
Tuesday’s attack by Boko Haram on a village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State killed 16 people and left 84 others injured, the police have said.
The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, said this in a statement on Wednesday, adding that victims of the attack have been evacuated to the state specialist hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Chukwu also said that Explosive Ordinances Disposal and police teams visited the area after the attack and that normalcy has returned there.
Two female suicide bombers and a male counterpart had attacked a small motor park and market in Konduga town, which is the headquarters of Konduga LGA on Tuesday around 5:30 pm. The town is some 37 kilometres from Maiduguri.
It was gathered that the attackers took turns in detonating improvised explosive devices strapped to their bodies.
The attack occurred on the same day the military launched mobile strike teams in the North East to enhance the efficiency of the counter-insurgency operation in the region.
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Footage uploaded to a social media website on Wednesday purports to show a bulldozer stopping a suicide car bomb in the west of Mosul in northern Iraq.
The driver of the bulldozer, understood to be a soldier with the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), part of the Iraqi Army, is seen congratulated by his fellow soldiers for his bravery in the video.
“He came out from the side road. He did not know which way to go. We came face to face. He tried running away from my side. So I blocked him and he blew himself up,” the driver said after the incident.
He said he would rather sacrifice himself than to allow the suicide car bomb get to his people and blow them up.
The incident is said to have taken place in the al Refai neighbourhood in western Mosul, which has been the scene of intense fighting between the coalition forces and Islamic State.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped in western Mosul, where Iraqi forces are making slow progress against Islamic State in what is a labyrinth of narrow streets.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing in Madinah, which occurred on Monday in Islam’s second holiest city.
Condoling with Saudi authorities over the reprehensible attack, President Buhari said that the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.
“The merchants of evil have once again shown that there is nothing religious in their mindless acts, by striking near the Prophet’s Mosque. It validates the claim that terrorism really has nothing to do with Islam. Purveyors of terror are simply agents of the devil,” President Buhari said.
He asserted that the fact that the Madinah bombing came the same day as a suicide bomber struck near the US Consulate in Jeddah, also in Saudi Arabia, shows that it was an orchestrated plan to foul up the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
President Buhari urged nations to remain vigilant, “so that we can collectively beat the forces of darkness on the prowl round the globe.”
President Buhari stressed that terrorism no longer respects international boundaries, and charged humanity to rise as one body “to excise this vermin from our body polity, and assert our liberty from those who pander to base and vicious instincts.”
“With our collective resolve, we shall beat terrorism. Around the world and around the clock, let us be alert. And we would remain free and safe.” he said.
A suicide bomb attack has been reported in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina, close to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.
The Prophet’s Mosque is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad and Medina the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca.
There has also been another explosion near a mosque in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Qatif.
A witness said one explosion had destroyed a car parked near the mosque in Qatif as the suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shia mosque without causing any other injuries.
This was followed by the second explosion just before 7 p.m. local time.
Qatif is known to be home to many of the kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority.
The incident happened just hours after a suicide bomber was killed and two people were wounded in a blast near the U.S. consulate in the kingdom’s second city of Jeddah on Monday.
It was the first bombing in years to attempt to target foreigners in the kingdom.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Jeddah attack.
Islamic State has carried out a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Saudi Arabia since mid-2014 that have killed scores of people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Muslim minority and security services.
There has been a bomb blast at Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Two male suicide bombers, one dressed as a female, carried out the attack on a market in Gombi town.
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that seven people were killed with many injured but this is yet to be officially confirmed.
The attackers set off the explosive devices as some vigilantes attempted to stop them.
Gombi had been captured by insurgents in 2014 but was recaptured by the Nigerian military.
The city of Kano has been hit by a suicide bomb blast.
The unidentified suicide bomber detonated the explosives during a Shia Muslim procession.
Twenty-one people have been confirmed killed with several others injured.
The blast took place in the village of Dakasoye, about 51km south of Kano, Nigeria’s second largest commercial city.
The suicide bomber reportedly disguised among the Shiite followers who were processing to Zaria in commemoration of one of their festivals.
Although the Police in Kano State are yet to make an official statement on the attack, the leader of the movement in Kano, Sheikh Muhammad Turi, told our correspondent that his followers apprehended one of the suspects who has been handed over to the Police.
This attack came barely a week after a suicide bomb attack at the popular GSM market in the city.
There has been a suicide bomb attack on Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state, north east Nigeria.
Police are yet to confirm the incident but reports say the blast occurred about 7:45pm at Jimeta main market.
It is feared that the casualty figure could be high considering that it was the time of the evening when human traffic was high as traders were closing for the day and some were getting set for the night market.
A resident of the town was quoted to have told Premium Times, “We just finished observing the Maghrib prayer when we heard a loud blast in the direction of the market.
“You know many traders also come out of the market and display their wares outside the main market to also observe the night market,” he said, adding that there was gridlock in the area “with many Keke Napep (tricycle) operators jostling for passengers” when the bomb exploded.
This brings to at least three, the number of attacks recorded within 24 hours as Northeast Nigeria has experienced renewed attacks from terrorists in the past week.
Seven people were killed with eight others injured in Maiduguri, Borno State late Wednesday night at a military check-point at a mechanic workshop, opposite Sector One Military Base and NNPC mega station, on Baga road in Maiduguri.
A bomb-laden car has also exploded at another military check point where scores of soldiers are feared dead barely a kilometer away from the mechanic shed where Wednesday night’s attack was carried out on Baga road in Maiduguri.
Death toll is yet to be ascertained. Witnesses believe that scores of soldiers manning the checkpoint may have been hit alongside other civilians at the area when the blast occurred.
A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 5 people in Potiskum, Yobe State, North East Nigeria.
An official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers told Channels Television that a suicide bomber who pretended to be a passenger entered Bulala Motor Park near Fika junction, along Bauchi- Jos road and detonated the improvised explosive device.
Four died on the spot.
He said apart from the four killed on the spot, the bomber also died in the process with 35 injured victims taken to the Potiskum General Hospital.
“The explosion went off around 9:50 Sunday morning at the Bulala motor park close to Ibal filling station along Jos road.
As I speak, we counted 5 dead bodies but others injured are being conveyed to a nearby hospital in Potiskum for immediate medical attention”, he said.
Hospital sources said that they are still receiving victims from the scene of the blast while those at the hospital are being treated.
Sunday’s explosion is the third within the space of three weeks in Potiskum, the largest commercial city in Yobe state, north-east Nigeria.
A hawker was killed in the first week of January after a blast targeting footballers went off late evening while two female suicide bombers carried out coordinated attacks killing 8 in Potiskum town.