The Defence authorities have said a suicide bomber, who rammed a Honda car primed with Improvised Explosive Devices into a military checkpoint in Bajoga, Gombe State, have been shot dead by soldiers.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, said in an electronic mail on Wednesday that the suicide bomber successfully rammed the bomb-laden Honda car into the military checkpoint but the bombs failed to explode.
Olukolade said the soldiers reacted swiftly by killing the bomber, who was trying to flee the scene of the incident.
He stated that the troops retrieved the IEDs from the car and handed them over to the police.
The statement read, “A suicide bomber who rammed into a military checkpoint in Bajoga, Gombe State yesterday(on Tuesday), failed to achieve his mission.
“His attempt to escape also failed as he was brought down by vigilant soldiers when he tried to flee after hitting a military Amoured Personnel Carrier with his IED-laden Honda car. The explosives, which failed to detonate, have been evacuated and handed to the police.”
It was also stated that security agents also raided a hide out of terrorists in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano Kano State, where they uncovered a bomb-making factory in the area.
Olukolade said that some bomb-making experts, arrested by the security agents, were already undergoing investigation.
According to him, the security forces were expecting the latest arrests to give some useful clues into the activities of the sect.
The Defence spokesman added that the military authorities had issued a directive to all troops involved in the counter-terrorism operation to sustain the tempo of their operations by ensuring that the insurgents were prevented from attacking civilian targets during the festive period.