Dog pays the ultimate sacrifice after stopping suicide bomber in Maiduguri

A dog died saving dozens of people at a wedding party in Maiduguri after it attacked a suicide bomber, an official said. The dog stopped the teenage suicide bomber from detonating her explosives in the crowd.

The dog, according to the police, belonged to a resident of the neighbourhood where the wedding took place. The suicide bomber was about making her way into the gathering at the wedding before the dog pounced on her.

The girl, whose original mission appeared to have been thwarted, detonated her explosive while battling to wriggle herself from the canine grip of the dog. The gallant dog paid the supreme sacrifice as it died alongside the suicide bomber.

Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force in Borno State, Victor Isuku, said the incident happened around 7:30a.m. in Belbelo community of Jere Local Council in Borno State.

“Information just received indicate that today (yesterday) around 0733hours (7.33am), a female suicide bomber with IED strapped to her body, attempted to infiltrate a wedding ceremony in Belbelo community of Jere LGA She was, however, prevented by a watchdog, so she had to detonate the IED to kill herself and the dog,” said Isuku, a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Isuku said normalcy has since been restored in the area and “no further casualty was recorded apart from the dog.” The incident occurred few hours after three suicide bombers blew themselves up at two different locations not far from the spot where the wedding took place.


Source: The Guardian

Suicide bombers kill JTF member, three villagers in Borno.

The Borno Police Command said two female and a male suicide bombers killed a civilian JTF and three villagers after the strapped Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated in Umarari village on the outskirts of Maiduguri at the weekend.

All the suspected suicide bombers were also killed in the multiple explosions.

Spokesman of the Police Command, Victor Isuku, in a statement yesterday in Maiduguri said that after alighting from an unmarked vehicle, they started running into various directions of Umarari detonating the IEDs and killed four people and the suspects.

He said that the people that were killed include a local vigilante and a woman and her two children. He said eight other people were also injured in the multiple explosions.

The spokesman of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Abdulkadir, told The Guardian that the slain civilian JTF was attempting to prevent the bombers from entering the village.

“The vigilante was trying to stop them and that was when he was engulfed by the bomb blast and the woman was nearby,” he said.

In another development, a human rights advocacy group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre, has urged the Federal Government to expel Amnesty International (AI) from Nigeria over what it termed repeated attempts by the international organisation to undermine Nigeria’s security architecture to the advantage of terrorists that have been tormenting the country.

The group also issued the AI a seven-day ultimatum to immediately leave Nigeria, saying Nigerians have had enough of their “absurdity and evil machinations.”

At a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Executive Secretary of the rights group, Mr. Ibrahim Abubakar, said failure of the Amnesty to leave the country after the seven days, Nigerians would be forced to hit the streets in a protest to compel the Federal Government to expel the international organisation.

Abubakar said Nigerians could no longer tolerate these deliberate acts of sabotage and indirect compromise of national security by the human rights organisation.

He said: “To this end, we are opening a register of protests in our office to collect the signatures of Nigerians, who are resentful to the destructive activities of Amnesty International as well as their dubious reports of hate and espionage on Nigerian soil. And failure of Amnesty International to respond to this plea as stipulated, they would incur the wrath of Nigerians who would have no option than to occupy their offices in the country until government compels the group to leave the country.”

He said the latest report of Amnesty International, which alleged human rights violations against -the Nigerian military and other arms of security agencies in combating acts of terrorism, separatism and extremism in the country, is another indication of the organisation’s continued quest to undermine Nigeria’s security.


Source: The Guardian

Female suicide bomber disobeys Shekau, surrenders to Army.

A teenager, Amina Yusuf, paraded by the military on Wednesday in Maiduguri said she failed to detonate her explosive because she did not subscribe to Boko Haram ideology.

The 17-year-old  told newsmen in Maiduguri that she was abducted five years ago, alongside her parents, in Madagali in Adamawa, after a terror attack on the village.

“I was abducted alongside my parents in Madagali in Adamawa after the terrorists attacked our village. We were taken to a camp in the bush where we were forcefully indoctrinated by the group,” she said.

The suspected suicide bomber alleged that her parents were killed after they had refused to be indoctrinated .

“My parents were executed because they did not join the group.

“I was married off to a Boko Haram militant with whom I lived in the camp,” she said.

“One day I was asked to wear the bombs. I was brought to Maiduguri with an instruction that I detonate the bomb where there is large crowd of people”,the teenager added.

She said that she declined to detonate the explosive because she did not want to die.

“They said I should press the button but I refused and allowed security men to capture me alive.

“My four siblings are still with the terrorists in the camp,” Yusuf said.

Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole had presented her along with two unindentified  girls to newsmen during a weekly briefing in Maiduguri.

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REVEALED: How Al-Qaeda leader mentored Abdulmutallab into becoming suicide bomber

The New York Times, through a Freedom of Information Act request, has obtained documents containing detailed accounts of how slain Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, mentored a Nigerian, Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried to explode a bomb hidden in his underpants, on a flight from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Detroit, United States, on Christmas Day in 2009.

Mr. Abdulmutallab, commonly referred to as the “underwear bomber” by United States media, is the son of former chairman of First Bank Plc, Umaru Abdulmutallab. In 2012, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a defiant guilty plea.

The 200-page redacted documents, which contained information obtained from Mr Abdulmutallab through extensive interviews, was released to the newspaper after two years of legal struggle.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, had kept the account a secret and rejected a request made by an author of a 2015 book on the life of Mr. al-Awlaki, an American-born islamic cleric, forcing the New York Times to sue to obtain the documents.

Last December a federal judge, Ronnie Abrams, ordered the FBI to release the document to the newspaper.

Mr. al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike ordered by former President Barack Obama in 2011. He was the first American to be killed by the deliberate order of a U.S. president since the Civil War.

In a series of interviews with the FBI, Mr. Abdulmutallab, a wealthy 23-year-old studying engineering at the University College, London, revealed his journey towards radicalisation and how he sought out Mr al-Awlaki, who mentored him into becoming a suicide bomber.

Mr. Abdulmutallab told FBI agent about how he first encountered the Al-Qaeda leader through a recorded lecture he bought from an Islamic store in the United Kingdom in 2005. He became enamored by his teachings.

After a trip to the United Arab Emirates in 2009, he said he felt “God was guiding him to jihad.” He travelled to Yemen to meet the Mr. al-Awkali, who then had fully embraced violence and was a rising Al Qaeda leader.

From then Mr. al-Awkali transcended from being his religious hero into his tutor on how to become a jihadist. Mr. Abdulmutallab told agents that the cleric did not only oversee his training in Yemen, but also conceived the plot leading to the failed bomb attack.

According to the report, Mr. Abdulmutallab in series of interviews described every person he remembered meeting from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsul, as the Yemen branch of the terrorist group is known. He also provided agents with vivid description of the layout of training camps, Mr. al-Awlaki’s house and many other Qaeda buildings. According to the New York Times, his descriptions were so precise that they may have aided the its drone campaign in Yemen.

He said Mr. al-Awlaki, who was called “sheikh” out of respect, introduced him to other Al Qaeda trainers and bomb makers. The American, Mr. Abdulmutallab told the FBI, taught him how to prepare a martydom video, advising him to “keep it short and reference the Quran.”

Mr. al-Awkali told Mr. Abdulmutallab to hide his trail by first traveling from Yemen to an African country before booking a flight on which he planned to detonate the bomb.

Mr. Abdulmutallab flew from Ghana to Amsterdam before joining Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit.

He said the choice of the date for the attack had no special significance and was mainly dictated by ticket prices and flight schedules.

Before he departed, Mr. al-Awlaki sent him a final reminder: “Wait until you are in the U.S., then bring the plane down.”

He said he followed the progress of the flight on the seat-back screen. He waited until he approached the US border and went to the plane’s bathroom to make final preparations for the attack.

He thought of detonating the bomb in the bathroom but wanted to be certain that he was doing so over US soil, so he returned to his seat to check the map for a final time before igniting the explosives.

Maybe due to excess moisture, the bomb did not explode but let out a flame. As he tried to get his burning pants off, passengers pounced on him. One passenger punched him and a crew member threatened to throw him out of the plane.

He began confessing to the terror act even before leaving the plane. He said he was a member of Al Qaeda and that he had tried to set off a bomb. He later stopped talking and needed the presence of his relatives who were flown by U.S. authorities from Nigeria to persuade him to become cooperative again.

“I was paid N200 to detonate the explosive”, says suicide bomber.

An 18-year-old suicide bomber, Amina, who was intercepted by Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel yesterday in Maiduguri, said Boko Haram gave her N200 for the mission.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that she was abducted two years ago by the terror group’s members in Madagali, Adamawa and taken to Sambisa Forest.

“They gave us N200 each to buy food for ourselves. It took us three days to come to Maiduguri on a motorcycle. We were directed by the sect members to detonate our explosives where there is any form of gathering.

“On our way to Maiduguri, we encountered the military and they were shooting. I was very scared and the people that brought us ran away. “I am from Imam Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram even though I have never seen Shekau. But I hear about him in Gobarawa,” Amina said.

She said that her father, mother and younger brother, Umar, were all killed when they tried to escape from the enclave where they were held hostage. “We came from Gobarawa along Damboa, Madagali and Algarno axis, a community where we were held hostage and married off by the sect members.

“I am also married to a Boko Haram commander known as “Amir”. Meanwhile, the NSCDC Commandant in Borno, Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the command had handed over the suspect to the Garrison Commander, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, “for proper investigation.”

The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, confirmed that the suspect was in custody of the Army, and that she would undergo investigation.

“We are going to profile her as she would give us the lead to get to other insurgents,” Irabor said. NAN said that personnel of the NSCDC had earlier intercepted two female suicide bombers, who tried to ram into motorists at the NNPC mega station on Damboa Road, Maiduguri.

The commandant of the corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the incident occurred at about 6.45 a.m. “Our personnel at the NNPC station intercepted two female suicide bombers who were targeting motorists on the long queue at the NNPC mega petrol station at about 6.45 a.m.

“One of the bombers got scared and threw away her bomb and was instantly arrested, while the other one ran after people with her explosive,” Ibrahim said.

One Suspected Suicide Bomber Killed, Another Arrested In Maiduguri.

Security Operatives have arrested one suicide bomber and killed another, in a foiled attempt to attack the Molai area of  Maiduguri, according to the Borno State Police Command.

The security operatives sighted the suicide bombers behind the NNPC Mega filling station in the area,  while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri town.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Victor Isuku revealed that the girls, estimated to be about 18 years of age, were intercepted by security personnel on duty.

“One was arrested and the other one was shot dead.

“The EOD personnel were quickly drafted to the scene and rendered the area safe.” Isuku stated.


Suicide Bomber Detonates IED


It appears insurgents are focused on Maiduguri relating to their heinous operations with recent incidents of explosions.

A week ago, a suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Dalori quarters in Maiduguri, Borno State, an incident that was confirmed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Similarly, the Civilian Joint Task Force reported that the explosion occurred after a suicide bomber stormed the Dalori quarters mosque in the early hours of Tuesday, during the morning prayers, killing one of their members and a male suicide bomber.


Source: Channels TV

Two dead as suicide bomber attacks mosque at Dalori Quarters near UNIMAID

Less than a month after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri, another suicide bomber attempted an attack on another mosque on Tuesday morning at Dalori quarters.


Dalori quarters is close to the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.


The bomber detonated the explosive at the fence to the mosque because there were security vigilantes at the entrance to the worship centre.


PRNigeria gathered that the bomber was a young person said to be between the age of 8 and 10 years.


One person was also killed from the explosion apart from the suicide bomber.


When contacted on the identity of the suicide bomber, the spokesperson of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, North-East zone, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said: “The body of the bomber was so mangled and shredded that only health personnel or experts could determine whether it is that of a boy or a girl. Our role is to evacuate the bodies from the scene which we have done.”


Suicide bombings at vulnerable places like worship centres, markets, and bus parks is one of the strategies of Boko Haram whose insurgency has caused the death of over 20,000 people since 2009.


Source: Premium Times

BREAKING: Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up In Maiduguri

A male suicide bomber has blown himself up in Kaleri, a satellite community in Maiduguri.


The Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku said the explosion occurred on Wednesday morning at about 5:30am.


The suicide bomber responsible for the attack and other foiled attempts is believed to have infiltrated the town through the Kaleri-Muna axis.


The Kaleri/Muna axis has become notorious as most of the explosions that have occurred in Maiduguri in recent times are either around the place or linked to the area.


The suicide bomber was the only one killed in the blast.


A week ago, four people including a Professor of Veterinary Medicine were killed in a suicide attack that occurred in the early hours of the morning at the University of Maiduguri.


Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven year old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque.


Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, told journalists at the scene of the incident that four people had died in the attack.


Source: Channels TV

JUST IN: Villagers “Catch” Third Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAID

The Borno State Police Command says a third suicide bomber was caught by villagers while trying to make her way towards the University of Maiduguri.


This is according to the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku in a statement released to journalists.


According to Isuku, “At about 0800hrs a third female suicide bomber of about 12yrs with IED strapped to her body, was intercepted at Bara Karaya village behind University of Maiduguri, in Muna Garage general area.”


The suicide bomber was sighted by villagers who promptly alerted the military, the statement said.


The statement said she was gunned down, while EOD personnel of the Borno State Police Command secured and rendered safe the unexploded IED vest.


Four people, including a professor of Veterinary Medicine identified as Aliyu Mani, were killed in a suicide attack that occurred on Monday morning at the University of Maiduguri.

Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque.


Source: Channels TV

BREAKING: 12-year-old female bomber killed behind UNIMAID

A 12-year-old female suicide bomber has been killed at the University of Maiduguri, Punch reports.


This comes after two suicide bomber detonated their bombs earlier today at the institution killing 5 and injuring many others.


Spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force in Maiduguri, Victor Isuku: “At about 08:000hrs, a third suicide bomber, female, of about 12 years with IED strapped to her body, was intercepted at Bara Karaya village behind University of Maiduguri, in Muna Garage general area.


“The suicide bomber was sighted by villagers who promptly alerted the military. She was gunned down, while the EOD personnel of the command secured and rendered safe her unexploded IED vest.”


Source: YNaija

How To Identify A Suicide Bomber Or An Accomplice – Nigerian Army

Suicide bombing has claimed several lives in Nigeria’s northeast, in the heat of insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists.

Heightened counter-terrorism operations in the northeast have reduced the insurgents’ activities that have been on in the area in the last seven years.

Forced out of their enclaves, last bastion in Sambisa forest and territories they have occupied, the terrorists have taken to attacking soft targets, mostly with suicide bombers who are more of young females.

The challenge for most victims have been the inability to identify a suicide bomber or persons suspected to be having Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to their body, waiting to be detonated.

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Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, asks residents in northeast to be wary of fleeing terrorists

In the midst of the counter-terrorism operations, the Nigerian Army is making attempts to sensitise the public on how to identify a suicide bomber or their accomplice.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, stressed the need for residents of different communities in Nigeria’s northeast and other cities to be wary of fleeing Boko Haram members that could infiltrate their settlements and carry out attacks on soft targets.

He hinted that the process of coupling an IED would require inputs from different persons, making it possible for observant persons to know that crisis was imminent.

“Terrorists are normal human beings that mingle with the public. Whenever you are coupling an IED about 10 other persons will be in the chain of it. If the public are more vigilant they will notice something amiss,” he said.

Giving further hint on how to identify a suicide bomber, Brigadier General Usman said: “When you see somebody buying bells of nails and you know for sure he does not have the capacity to buy that quantity of nails and you know him full well to the point that he is not embarking on a building project.

“Sometimes you will see somebody in the night moving about when every other normal human being is sleeping or somebody, wearing a winter coat when actually it is so hot. His mode of dressing is so awkward that you will think that you are in a winter society. In most cases they are odd”.

He urged Nigerians to report suspected persons to security agencies within their locality to save lives, stressing that the war on terror could not be won by the military alone.

According to him, one strategy that the military had employed that is yielding result, is the establishment of Joint Task Force (JTF) with residents of communities in the northeast, whom he said aided the ousting of terrorists from territories they occupied.

“The JTF has been operating in the locality and they are familiar with the culture.

“They know the mode of dressing of people within a locality and that, a soldier posted to the area, may not know. They can identify when there is something strange about a person’s dress.

“It is very important that we involve the people that are on ground,” he said.

International community providing support to the Nigerian military had advised the forces to involve locals in the war against terror to enable them quickly differentiate terrorists from other residents.

Another Suicide Bomber Gunned Down, Saturday Morning

 Nigerian security operatives have intercepted another suicide bomber who attempted to penetrate a Transit Camp of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) along Muna Garage.

Suspecting ulterior motive of the suicide bomber because of his strange behaviour, the security operatives attempted to accost him.

However, in his attempt to detonate the explosive device, he was gunned down by the security.

PRNigeria gathered that the Transit camp is used to check and screen potential displaced people before being allowed into any of the IDP Camps in Maiduguri and others in Borno State.

The Spokesperson of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the North-East, Mr. Ibrahim Abdulkadir confirmed that the mangled body of the suicide bomber had been evacuated.

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JUST IN: Suicide bomber targeting Maiduguri IDP camp neutralized by soldiers.

Soldiers on Sunday shot dead a suspected male suicide bomber trying to attack an IDP camp which nearly came under attack in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Saturday, Premium Times reports.

One of bombs strapped to the suicide bomber immediately went off after he was shot by vigilant soldiers.

A leader of the civilian JTF, Alhaji Dan-Batta said the bomber was lurking around the camp fence when he was spotted.

He said,“The male suicide bomber was seen loitering around the back perimeter fence of Bakassi camp at about 9 a.m. He was shot down before he could advance closer to the camp. One of the bombs he was carrying exploded, but another is still strapped on his body did not explode. The anti-bomb squad operatives are trying to defuse that one”.

There has however not been reports of any other injured or dead person from the botched attack.

Recall that two bombs went off in Maiduguri on Saturday, including one in front of the same IDP camp.

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens In Pakistan Mosque

A suicide bomber has killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens while they were attending prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, sources tell Al Jazeera.

Friday’s bombing occurred in the village of Anbar Tehsil in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the Pakistani army has been battling the Pakistan Taliban.

“The suicide bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast,” Naveed Akbar, deputy administrator of Mohmand Agency, told Reuters news agency.

Akbar added that some fatalities appeared to had been caused when part of the mosque caved in from the force of the blast.

“A portion of the mosque and verandah collapsed in the blast and fell on worshippers. We are still retrieving bodies and the injured from the rubble of the mosque,” he said.

One of the wounded, 41-year-old Ghulam Khan, said he heard a deafening explosion during the prayers.

“I cried for help, but no one came to me … there were other bodies … wounded worshippers, who were reciting verses from Quran and waiting for help,” he told the Associated Press news agency.

Khan said local residents and tribal police helped transport the wounded to hospital.

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Troops neutralizes female suicide bomber in Borno (VIEWER DISCRETION)

The Nigerian Army has said it has killed a female suicide bomber who was carrying an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State.

In a statement on Monday by Army Spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman, the incident which happened on Sunday led to minor injuries on two soldiers and a Civilian JTF member.

Usman said the troops had suspected the suicide bomber and insisted that she stopped but she refused to.

According to Usman, one of the soldiers shot at her and the IED exploded just as she fell to the ground.

The statement also revealed that some of the Boko Haram remnants now pose as mad men  in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.

It urged Nigerians to be vigilant and security conscious especially during the Eid festivities.

The statement read, “On Sunday 11th September 2016, evening, a suspected female suicide bomber was seen approaching troops check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State.

“She was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry, she refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.

“Troops sensing the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the sentry gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly and causing minor injury on 2 soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them.

“The injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties.

“This incident has shown that there are a few of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that are determined to carry out criminal acts to create panic and insecurity in some areas.

“In a related development, there is also very reliable information that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.

“Consequently, all should be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.

“Therefore, it is imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays.

“The public are further enjoined to report any suspicious persons or movement to the security agencies.”

Child Denoted a Bomb That Killed 51 At Turkish Wedding

More than 50 were killed and 94 injured in a bombing at a wedding in Gaziantep, about 60 miles north of the warn-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a child between ages 12 and 14 detonated a bomb at a wedding late Saturday that killed 51 people and injured 69 others.

Erdogan said the Islamic State was behind the attack during a broadcast by NTV.

The blast occurred in the city of Gaziantep, about 60 miles north of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. More than 200 people were packed into a street in the district of Sahinbey for the Kurdish wedding when the explosion occurred around 11 p.m.

He said the suicide bomber also was believed to have killed two policemenin the city.

Erdogan in a statement before his television appearance said there is “no difference” between the IS, which is based in neighboring Syria, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and Fetullah Terrorist Organization, founded by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Sunday.

He has accused Gulen of being behind the recent coup.

“Those, who cannot overcome Turkey and try to provoke people by abusing ethnic and sectarian sensitiveness will not prevail,” he said.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed renewed fighting against terrorist groups. “No matter what this treacherous terror organization is called, we as the people, the state and the government will pursue our determined struggle against it,” he said.

The United States condemned the killing in the “strongest possible terms.”

“The perpetrators of this barbaric act cynically and cowardly targeted a wedding, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “We stand with the people of Turkey as they defend their democracy in the face of all forms of terrorism.”

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ankara on Wednesday “to reaffirm our commitment to work together with Turkey, our valued NATO Ally and partner, to confront the scourge of terrorism,” according to the statement.

Witnesses described the mayhem.

“We had just walked past the wedding and offered our good wishes when we heard the blast,” Ibrahim Ates, a local man, told The New York Times.“Suddenly people started running past us. When we went back to see what had happened, everyone was on the floor, and there were body parts scattered everywhere and blood splattered on the walls.”

Mahmut Togrul, a lawmaker with the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, said the the bride and groom, Besna and Nurettin Akdogan, survived the attack and are in stable condition,” Togrul said.

“Many of the victims that died were children,” he added.

Police found parts of a suicide vest in the area where the blast took place, the Gaziantep chief prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“Everyone here is devastated. We can’t even carry out the funerals because the bodies are in pieces. They are struggling to identify the victims,” Hilmi Karaca, a Kurdish activist who witnessed the explosion, told The New York Times.

On July 15, at least 240 people were killed in a failed coup aimed at topping the government of Erdogan.

On June 28, IS militants are suspected of storming Istanbul’s main airport with guns and bombs, killing at least 44 people.

Brussels Attack: Suicide Bomber Worked As A Cleaner

Reports have disclosed that one of the ISIS bombers who executed the Brussels attacks  was a worker at the European Parliament as a cleaner.

The Sun reports that suicide bomber Laachraoui had been employed by a cleaning company contracted by the European Parliament, and took on the role as a summer job while he was a student.

The 24 -year- old bomber worked in EU parliament between 2009 and 2010.

According to European Parliament spokesman, Jaume Duch Guillot,  “the European Parliament confirms that seven and six years ago, one of the perpetrators of the Brussels terrorist attacks worked for a period of one month for a cleaning company which was contracted by the European Parliament at the time.

“As a student, he held a summer holiday job cleaning at the Parliament for one month in 2009 and one month in 2010. Those were the only instances he worked at the Parliament.

“As required by the contract, the cleaning firm submitted proof of the absence of a criminal record to the European Parliament,” Guillot said.

Guillot reiterated further that the bomber did not have a criminal record at the time and provided proof of this before taking on the job.

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Controversy Trails Shekau’s ‘New’ Video, Chibok Girl Female Suicide Bomber

There were indications last night that the latest video purportedly released last week by the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, might not have emanated from the Boko Haram leader after all.

A source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the video, in which Shekau was said to have said that the end of the sect’s campaign was near, was shot about two years ago. The source said the video was actually given out by Shekau to a delegation sent by a top Islamic sect leader, Darun Sijjirah, when he pledged allegiance to the Boko Haram leader.

According to the source, it was not possible for Shekau, leaders of the Islamic State for Africa to have released such a document at this moment. “The video is a fake one intended for ulterior purposes and does not emanate from Shekau,” the source said.

Responding to a question, the source also disputed the claim by a female suicide bomber arrested by the Cameroonian authorities that she was one of the Chibok girls taken by the Boko Haram sect since April 14, 2014.

“The truth is that the female suicide bomber arrested in Cameroun is not one of the Chibok girls,” the man said. It was learned that the release of the video, which the Nigerian military had since dismissed as a possible diversionary tactics by the sect, was causing disquiet in the camps of the sect leaders.

This, coupled with the claim by the female suicide bomber arrested in Cameroun, is believed to have compelled the leadership of the sect to contemplate releasing a statement disputing the two issues and to ‘put the records straight’.

It was learned that the group close to Shekau might issue a disclaimer on the two issues within the week, given the erroneous impression and the controversy they had generated within its camps. Boko Haram has killed over 13,000 persons and abducted many men, women and children in its six-year-old campaign against the Nigerian state, which is seeking to end the activities of the group. Nigeria has also dispatched a group to Cameroun to ascertain if, indeed, the female suicide bomber in its custody belongs to the missing Chibok girls.

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Troops Kill More Boko Haram Fighters, Suicide Bomber

The Nigerian military has killed more Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) fighters and intercepted a suicide bomber in parts of Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the troops of 7 Brigade ambushed and killed seven BHT at Dawashi early Sunday morning.

He said that the troops that laid in wait at the terrorists suspected crossing point engaged them on sight, “killed the seven terrorists and recovered a Peugeot station wagon loaded with 2,010 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) packed in 67 Jerri cans, uniforms, some materiels and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs).

He listed others items recovered to include, dry cell batteries, AK-47 rifle, tools and fish.

In a related development, Usman said that the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade ambushed and killed a BHT suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages general area last night effectively saving lives and properties of innocent citizens.

He said: “The troops who on receipt of information, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected BHT crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from Sambisa general area.”

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How Teenage Suicide Bomber Got Cold Feet, Refused To Kill

 Nigerian officials have said that a teenage girl packed with explosives by Boko Haram ripped off her vest to avoid taking part in an attack on the refugee camp in Dikwa, Borno State.

Two others with her, however, walked into the middle of hundreds of people lining up for food before they blew themselves up in an attack Tuesday that killed 58 and wounded several others, reported the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday.
Self-defence fighter Modu Awami said on Thursday that the third bomber, looking about 14, has confessed. Awami, who helped question the girl, said she was scared because she knew she would kill people.
A rescue official said the girl gave officials information about other planned bombings.

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How To Identify A Suicide Bomber

The Adamawa State government has commenced public enlightenment on how to identify a suicide bomber, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The campaign?,? sponsored by the Adamawa State Security Council?,? includes? jingles on radio and television stations as well as distribution of English and Hausa language posters on how to recognize a suicide bomber.

One of the posters being distributed by a team from the state Ministry of Information led the commissioner, Ahmad Sajoh, now on advocacy visit to traditional rulers in local government areas, contain 16 points on security awareness and how to identify a bomber.

According to the poster, a suicide bomber could, among others, be identified based on appearance and behaviours as he moves towards his target.

“(He or she) wears loose clothing giving the impression that the body is disproportionally larger than the head or feet.

“(He or she) appears to be focused and vigilant and may be fervently praying to him/herself- giving the appearance of whispering to someone.

“(He or she) Display?s? no response to authoritative voice or direct salutation.

 “(He or she) Demonstrates forceful action (to reach a desired target by pushing their way through a crowd or restricted area),” the poster read in part.

It also provided security hotlines for people to call in case of any emergency.

The special lines include: 08021366660 and 09038800688.

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Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 10 In Cameroon Mosque

A Cameroon senior local official said suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded at least one in an attack on a mosque in northern Cameroon on Wednesday.

The official in the Far North region of Douala said on condition of anonymity that the attack was linked to an insurgency by militant group Boko Haram.

The official disclosed that the suicide attack took place at 5:40 a.m. in a mosque at Kouyape.

He said there were 13 deaths including the man who blew himself up and one wounded.

The official noted that many of the recent Cameroon attacks have been conducted by women.





Female Suicide Bomber Detonates Explosive Vest In Paris During Suspects Raid

The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday that a woman detonated an explosives vest during a police assault in the hunt for those behind the terror attacks in the city.

Three men holed up inside the apartment were arrested, while a man and woman were arrested near the location of the raid, read a statement.

Police sources said a second suspected jihadist had been killed in the raid which began just after 4:00am.

Meanwhile the prosecutor’s office said that police had released family and friends of jihadists Ismael Mostefai and Samy Amimour who blew themselves up in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 were killed.

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Female Suicide Bomber Leaves 16 Dead In Yola

Sixteen persons have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State in north-east Nigeria.

The attack, which eyewitness said was carried out by a young girl, also left about 56 persons injured. The blast happened when worshipers were preparing for prayers on Friday.

Eyewitness said the young girl had entered the crowded new mosque in Jambutu, which was being commissioned, unnoticed and detonated her strapped explosive, killing 16 persons.

Some of the injured persons are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola.

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Female Suicide Bombers Attack Mosque In Borno

At least 5 people have been confirmed dead after 2 female suicide bombers attacked a mosque along Ajilanri cross in Maiduguri, Borno state.

According to reports, the first female suicide bomber was waiting outside the mosque for the Muslim faithfuls to leave the mosque so she could detonate the bomb but fortunately prolonged prayers kept people inside the mosque.

The female bomber eventually blew herself up, and killed a few people who were outside the mosque. The second female suicide bomber detonated hers few meters away from the mosque.
40 people are said to have been injured and are receiving medical attention at State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri.

Suicide Bomber Kills 13 In Saudi Mosque

A suicide bomb attack inside a mosque in a local security forces headquarters in Abha city in south-west Saudi Arabia killed 13 people and wounded nine on Thursday, the Saudi state news agency reported, citing an interior ministry spokesman.

State television had earlier reported a death toll of 17. The mosque in Abha was part of the local headquarters of a state security unit called the Special Emergency Force, the spokesman was cited as saying. Of those killed, 10 were members of the force, while three were workers in the compound. They were praying when the bomber struck within their ranks, he said.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 10 In Yobe

A suicide bomber targeting a vigilante group has killed 10 people in Potiskum, Yobe state, a resident confirms.

“The bomber was targeting members of the hunters association, who have been helping in the fight against Boko Haram in Indiski area Postiskum,” the resident, who declined to be named for security reasons, said.

He also said he counted 10 bodies from the blast. The attack occurred at about 2pm on Monday.

“The hunters suspected that he was on a suicide mission and were trying to apprehend him when he detonated his explosive vest killing those around him instantly,” the source said.

An official of the Red Cross who is involved in rescue activities at the site of the blast declined to give casualty figure.

“We would only know the actual number of casualties after we finish ferrying dead bodies and the injured to the hospital,” he said.

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Suicide Bomber Nabbed in Kano

A suspected suicide bomber was lynched by a mob at the Ungwa Uku bus station in Kano. According to reports, the middle aged man had refused being screened at the bus stop check point by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

Police had to be called to the scene as the mob wanted the man dead. He was taken to hospital and is allegedly in a coma due to the severity of his injuries. According to police medical personnel are doing all they can to revive the suspected suicide bomber.

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Suicide Bombing in Potiskum Kills 7

A suicide bomb attack targeting a political meeting killed seven people in Potiskum city on Sunday, just two weeks from national elections, witnesses and a police officer told AFP.

“We have evacuated eight bodies including the suicide bomber’s to hospital,” said a police officer at the scene, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Seven others were injured, he added.

Witness Nura Umar, who gave the same death toll, said the bomber emerged from a bus that pulled up in front of the home Sabo Garbu, who is running for a seat in the lower house on the ruling Peoples Democracy Party ticket. Garbu was holding a campaign meeting ahead of February 14 polls in his home at the time but none of the participants were injured, the policeman and three witnesses said.

Boko Haram Islamists have carried out waves of similar bombings across the northeast during a six-year uprising, and have killed politicians in targeted attacks. But it was not immediately clear why the insurgents would want to target Garbu and it was possible that the attack was carried out by another group with a separate political motive.

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BREAKING: Suicide Bomber Nabbed in Jos!!!

Reports reaching us provides that a suicide bomber has been caught in Jos.

Sources say the suicide bomber was caught with his explosives  along Shagari Corner, Katako Road. Reports came in while residents are yet to recover from the twin explosions that rocked the city’s commercial centre yesterday.

Updates will be posted as we gather more information regarding the incident.


Suicide Bomber kills Students in Potiskum

A suicide bomb attack killed 47 students and injured 79 others on Monday as they gathered for morning assembly at their school in northeast Nigeria, a massacre likely carried out by Boko Haram, police told AFP.

“There was an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber,” national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said, referring to the attack in Potiskum in Yobe state.

“We have 47 dead and 79 injured,” he added, saying that the Islamist extremists were believed to be responsible.

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