Nigerian soldiers in Adamawa State on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected suicide bomber near a military base, officials said.
The suicide bomber, according to the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, was armed with an improvised explosives device, which he wore around his body when he was spotted advancing towards a military base in Madagali village of Adamawa State.
According to Mr.l Usman, a colonel and acting director army public relations, the troops had to open fire on the suspect when the suspect refused to obey an order to stop advancing towards them.
“The vigilant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE today morning intercepted and neutralized a male suicide bomber at Madagali, Adamawa State,” said Mr. Usman.
“The suicide bomber was spotted by a vigilant duty sentry attempting to infiltrate troops forward defensive line along Madagali-Limankara road.
“He was gunned down by the vigilant sentry as he failed to stop when halted. The accurate shot also detonated the Improvised Explosive Device vest and was blown into pieces.”
This attack came amid ongoing negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, that have seen the release of 21 abducted Chibok girls from nearly 30 months of captivity.
It also came three days after a car conveying suspected bombers blew up outside a popular bus station in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Eight persons were killed and 15 others got injured.