Bomber with two bombs kills self at Borno checkpoint
A bomb went off on Monday at a checkpoint on the outskirt
of Maiduguri as a suicide bomber was about to be
apprehended, a member of the youth vigilance group, Yunus
Idi, told our correspondent on the telephone in Maiduguri.
He said the suicide bomber, who was on his way to
Maiduguri from either Mainok or Benesheik, died in the
explosion that caused severe injuries to four other persons,
two members of the youth vigilance group that tried to
search him and two women with whom he boarded a taxi.
Idi said the taxi driver claimed he suspected that one of his
passengers carried a strange object.
He said the driver decided to stop and park at the
checkpoint at Njimtilo near Maiduguri, pretending to want to
take time out to ease himself.
The motorists was said to have secretly told the youth
vigilance members at the checkpoint that he suspected one
of the passengers to be carrying an object which might be a
According to him, the vigilance group members
subsequently ordered the passengers to disembark from the
The suicide bomber was said to have detonated the bomb
on him to escape arrest, killing himself and injuring four
Idi, who said the incident occurred at about midday,
revealed that the casualties figure could have been higher if
the second explosive the suicide bomber carried had
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