Borno State Police Command has confirmed a failed suicide attack targeting worshipers at a mosque in Maiduguri.
The two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers allegedly blew up themselves near Sulemanti mosque of Maiduguri metropolis of Borno state in the early hours of Monday.
Borno State Police Command spokesman Victor Isuku said the bomber , targeted a mosque in Sulemanti ward with strapped Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), but were detonated, killing the two suspect during midnight Ramadan prayers.
Isuku Victor disclosed that; “A team of the Police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) has been deployed to the scene this morning near Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot.”
A civilian Joint Task Force member, Bukar Shehu also told The Nation that the suicide bombers were intercepted near a mosque premises under tree, before they blew up themselves to death.
“The people in the mosque took to their heels, while we challenged the explosives strapped suspects of their mission to the mosque, before these explosive exploded near the mosque and under this tree.
“It was God that saved us here; we would have been killed in the dawn suicide bombings. One of our members was injured by the shrapnel of explosives, including a woman with a leg injury. She has been taken to a nearby clinic for treatment this morning,” Shehu disclosed.
It is not clear how the suicide bomber sneaked into maiduguri metropolis.
Meanwhile, the mosque has been condoned off by soldiers and policemen to prevent any further attacks on mosques and other public places in the metropolis.