It was a moment of history when the life of a wedding couple was threatened, with a dog saving the day as it wrestled with a female suicide bomber in Maiduguri, in Borno State. In the mist of the grapple the suicide bomber was killed with the dog as well.
“A female suicide bomber with [an improvised explosive device] strapped to her body attempted to infiltrate a wedding ceremony gathering in Belbelo community of Jere,” said Victor Isuku, a spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force in Borno State.
“She was however prevented by a watch dog, so she had to detonate the IED to kill herself and the dog. The dog was owned by a resident in the locality.”
It was not clear if the dog was a trained bomb detective, a villager , Ahmed Buba, said guests were thankful for the dog’s intervention, the Associated Press reported. Isuku said the incident transpired at about 7:30 am and that the suicide bomber was only a teenager
Bokoharams for a while have been using females to carryout their dastard act. A few hours before the incident on Sunday,three girls committed suicide close proximity with the wedding venue. At about December last year, two girls of 7 and 8 years blew themselves in Maiduguri market and wounding at least 17 persons. Shortly after, 10 year old girl blew herself on new year eve with only a person affected.