A male suicide bomber died on Wednesday in Maiduguri when he detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to his body.
The bomber targeted security personnel and ignited the device, injuring five policemen and one other person, according to an official of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who pleaded anonymity
“The child suicide bomber was the only person that died, but five policemen and one other person were wounded during the attack,’’ the official said.
An eye witness, Abdullahi Musa, said the boy detonated the explosive while the policemen were eating at a roadside eatery.
Musa said the bomber was killed and five policemen sustained injuries during the attack, adding that the explosion also damaged the police patrol vehicle.
Both military authorities and the police have yet to comment on the incident.
The attack, believed to have been perpetrated by the Boko Haram terrorists, came less than a week after the insurgents killed three farmers and abducted one at the Moloi area of Maiduguri.
The extremists slaughtered the farmers at a farm few kilometres away from the state capital.(NAN)