Army authorities have confirmed that six persons were killed by a suicide bomber at a mosque in Damboa, Borno state, Friday.
A statement signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed the attack but said one of the suicide bombers failed in his mission and blew himself up instead.
Col. Kukasheka’s statement reads: “At the early hours of today (Friday), precisely at about 5.15am, two Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers attacked Damboa. The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures, he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he exploded and died near the Central mosque.
“However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb killing himself and 6 other worshippers and injuring one other person. The wounded has been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubbles. Troops and other security agencies have been mobilized to the area”.
The Army also stated that “suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists, in a survival bid, attacked Gaskeri village ahead of Dalori yesterday evening, where they killed three civilian vigilantes and looted foodstuffs. Troops have been mobilized and they are on the suspected terrorists’ trail.
“Similarly, as part of the efforts to keep Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road open and safe, troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade yesterday escorted four trailers and 44 other vehicles from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala yesterday. The escort duties would continue.
“Troops of 3 Battalion ambushed Boko Haram terrorists at Gajibo crossing point and recovered one AK-47 rifle loaded with magazine, a transistor radio and a knife on 6th July 2016”.