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Boko Haram Bomber Explodes Self, Kills 9 Year Old Child, Others

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A Tuesday morning explosion has left a suspected member of Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram dead. The sect member had planted the bomb on a busy road, targeted at a patrol vehicle of the Joint Task Force (JTF)

 when it exploded while he attempted to detonate it.

The explosion which instantly killed the suspect as well as three civilians, including a 9-year old child and 11 other with serious injuries also razed down a residential building belonging to an Islamic Scholar, the Imam of Maikatanga mosque, Mallam Goni Modu in the London Ciki ward of Maiduguri Metropolis.

According to sources, 'The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was targeted at the patrol vehicle of the JTF in the area and was planted on the busy Tashan Bala road but in the process of trying to detonate it, Boko Haram member exploded and some people died in the process.'

An eye witness revealed that, 'I was coming out from my house, some few metres away from the scene when I heard a loud. I quickly rushed back to my house for safety until we later discovered it was a bomb planted near our residential area.'

Also, Mallam Gana Bukar, who escaped been hurt in the incident said, 'I was very lucky to have escaped in the blast, as it happened close to where I was coming from and shortly after 10 minutes, I saw one of the Patrol Vehicles of the JTF conveying some dead bodies with injured ones to the hospital.'

Confirming the story of the explosion in Maiduguri, the Field Operation Officer of the Joint Task Force in Borno disclosed that the IED was targeted at a military patrol vehicle very close to a densely populated residential area 'but they were unable to hit any of our men nor operational vehicles.'

'We heard the explosion around 9am this morning, after which we quickly rushed to the scene of the incident where we discovered that a suspected Boko Haram sect member died in the process of detonating an explosive devise', Colonel. Ebhaleme confirmed.

He further revealed that the JTF were able to recover some arms and ammunitions from the Vehicle which the suspected bomber drove before the explosion went off.

'Let me inform you that we were able to rescue some women and children from one of the houses that went ablaze as a result of the explosion. Right now, there is no need to panic, we have brought the situation under control and the fire service men were there to put off the fire that engulfed the scene.'