Monday, 9 June 2014

Female Suicide Bomber, Soldier Die as Bomb Explodes at Gombe Army Barracks

A female suicide bomber and one soldier died while another soldier was wounded when a bomb exploded at a Nigerian army barracks in Gombe, on Sunday.

Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, confirmed that a bomb exploded at the barracks on Sunday.

Olukolade, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview from Abuja, on Sunday, however, said normal activities had, thereafter, been ongoing at the barracks.

“Intelligence deduced from credible information earlier received on this plot confirms the vigilance of some members of the public,” Olukolade said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Fwaje Atahiri, had earlier told NAN that he heard of the incident but did not have details.

NAN gathered that the female bomber, riding on a motorcycle and on approaching the quarter-guard of the 301 Battalion, disembarked and hugged a soldier, a development that led to the explosion, killing both of them.

The source said the explosion also injured other soldiers, who were rushed to the military hospital for treatment.

Immediately after the explosion, soldiers cordoned off the road leading to the barracks, while shops and other business centres were hurriedly closed by their owners.

Tribune Newspaper