Suicide bomber dies while waiting to detonate device in Unimaid

The incident is coming barely 24 hours after an attempted suicide attack at one of the University female hostels was foiled.

Punch reports that the incident is coming barely 24 hours after an attempted suicide attack at one of the female hostels was foiled with three suicide bombers losing their lives on Friday, May 19, 2017.

It was, however, a surprise that barely 24 hours later there was another attempted suicide attack on the institution.

According to the statement by the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency in the North East, Mallam Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the suicide bomber was the lone death recorded during the attempted attack.

Ibrahim further said the explosive on him went off while lying in wait for the right opportunity to detonate the bomb among students gathering.

The statement read: “Today 20/5/2017 some minutes past 10 am, one male adult suicide bomber hid in the bush within university community surrounding, supposedly trying to gain access into university where students are gathering.

“Unfortunately for him the IED exploded and killed him, No casualty was recorded. The corpse was deposited at Borno specialist hospital.”

Victor Isuku, the spokesman for the  Borno Police Command also confirmed the botched attack in a statement in Maiduguri.

He said: “Today at about 10:00hours, a lone male suicide bomber detonated explosive strapped to his body.

“The bomber had taken cover in a ditch within the neighbourhood of the University of Maiduguri Children Secondary School, at the eastern end of the campus.

“The bomber sighted security personnel coming towards the direction of his hiding place and hurriedly detonated his explosive, killing him only,” Isuku said.

He said that the police had already cordoned off the place and rendered it safe.

“Police anti-bomb team were promptly dispatched to the scene to sanitize and render the area safe. Normalcy has since been restored,” he said.

The institution has recently become the target of Boko Haram suicide with about five suicide attacks carried out within it in the last three months.

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