8 June 2014

Nigeria: Military Foils Attack By Female Suicide Bomber - Spokesperson

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Nigerian military

The Nigerian military said troops foiled an attack by a female suicide bomber on its base Sunday in Gombe State.

The concealed bomb went off and killed the assailant as she was searched by a soldier at the entrance to the barracks, defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said in a statement.

The explosion killed the soldier who carried out the search, and wounded another, Mr. Olukolade, a Major General, said.

The claim could not be independently verified.

Mr. Olukolade said troops acted on an "intelligence" warning of an attacks on the barracks by a female suicide bombers.

"The lady suicide bomber who had primed herself with improvised explosive devices concealed under her Hijjab was intercepted when troops acting on intelligence report indicating that a terrorist group was plotting to attack barracks around Gombe using female suicide bombers, halted her and as she was being searched the bomb detonated killing the lady," the statement said.

He said normal activities have since resumed in the barracks.

If confirmed, the attack would be one of the few, if not the first, known case(s) of a female suicide bomb attack in Nigeria.

Similar attacks are often carried out by men in the conservative northeast that is racked by Boko Haram violence.

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