The Nigerian Army has disclosed that some civilians foiled a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Gujba local government area of Yobe state, on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
In a Press statement issued in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that suspected Boko Haram member was apprehended when struggling to detonate the bomb strapped around her body.
His words: “What would have otherwise been a devastating suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Gashua village in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state has been successfully foiled today by vigilant members of the community.
“A female Boko Haram suicide bomber had infiltrated the mosque, while members were about to commence a prayer session but was detected when struggling to detonate a suicide vest strapped to her body.
“She was quickly restrained by the locals, arrested and handed over to troops at Azare.
“Members of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Component of Operation Lafiya Dole at the location have safely defused the suicide vest, while the suicide bomber is currently receiving medical attention due to injuries sustained during her arrest.”
Suicide bombing is one of the prevalent strategies Boko Haram sect uses in carrying out its attacks.
Places of worship such as mosques and churches, as well as markets and car parks are some of the popular areas targeted by the bombers.