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Nigerian Army authorities on Tuesday said soldiers have killed a
suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber who launched multiple bomb
attacks on the First Division of the Nigerian Army Headquarters in
The suicide squad was said to have arrived the scene in two vehicles
ladened with several tones of Improvised Devices (IED) concealed jerry
cans and attempted to force their way into the complex before they were
shot and killed.
The incident was said to have occurred at noon sent jitters the spines of
passer-by who scampered for safety.
Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, Lt. Col. Abubakar
Edun, confirmed the incident in a statement.
“At about 12.18pm on Tuesday, 7th February, 2012, a failed suicide bomb
attempt was made on the headquarters complex of 1 Division Nigerian
Army, Kawo, Kaduna.
The two suicide bombers came in two vehicles, a Toyota Sienna Space
bus and a Honda Accord. The drivers of the two vehicles overran the
security post and the lawn leading to the headquarters complex.
“One of the vehicles (Sienna Space bus) exploded by the car park directly
in front of the headquarters when a soldier opened fire on the car after the
attacker refused to stop which made him to lose control of the vehicle.
The second vehicle which did not explode (Honda Accord), was loaded
with 10 numbers (units) of 20 litres of Improvised Explosive Devices
“The suicide bomber in the Sienna Space bus died in the attempt, while
there was no casualty on the part of our troops”, Edun stated.
However a spokesperson of Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the
attacks in a statement made available to journalist after the incident,
warning of more attacks.
His words: “We [carried out the attack] and Alhamdullahi, we succeeded
and this is just the beginning of our series of attacks. Allah is with us,
Nigerians should expect more than what they are seeing. All the plans of
government will failed against us.”
State Security Services, SSS, operatives had arrested one Abdul Qaqa, a
regular spokesman of the violent Boko Haram sect, a development which
his colleagues described was a betrayal by the Federal Government over
the proposed dialogue.
President Goodluck Jonathan had at a recent interview with Reuters said
government would be willing to dialogue with the sect only if they come
out openly to identify themselves and articulate their grievances.
In a related development, the Nigerian Army has said that its men would
change their dressing mode to check the activities of Boko Haram
members who conceal their identity wearing military uniforms.
Director of Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen Raphael Isah, told journalists
in Abuja that one of the suicide bombers wore a military uniform, a
development which has reinforced plans by the Army to make some
changes in dressing pattern.
“I am sure that will curtail this proliferation of uniform”, Isah said.
Nigeria Army authorities, he disclosed, were concerned about the
phenomenon of fake soldiers and warned parents to advice their children
to desist from wearing military camouflage.
“The Army is doing a lot now and I am sure you will see a lot of changes
in our mode of dressing; there will be some adjustments in our mode of
dressing, he added.
Army Kills Boko Haram suicide bomber
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012