Army spokesman Sani Usman in a statement late on Friday said that the day before troops killed a suspected female suicide bomber when she attempted to enter a military site in Yamtake in Borno state. “The failed suicide bombing attack was followed up with futile probing attack by terrorists which was decisively handled by the troops,” he said. Usman said the troops killed all four attackers including two suicide bombers and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, but one soldier was killed. “Unfortunately, we lost a soldier in the process,” he said.
Witnesses say Nigerian troops shot a man with explosives strapped to his torso trying to enter a refugee camp in northeastern Maiduguri city where another suicide bomber killed five people the day before. Resident Abubakar Gajibo said he saw the bomber walking towards the camp “clearly displaying the strapped explosives on his body”. He said they alerted soldiers who asked the man to surrender and fired when he ran. One explosive blew up and a second was safely detonated.