The Nigerian police, in the early hours of Friday, intercepted three suicide bombers, two females and a male at a police checkpoint near the Federal High Court Complex in Maiduguri.
The spokesman of the police, Victor Isuku told reporters that the incident happened after the police officers on guard tried to stop them from advancing towards their post.
The police explained that one of the suicide bombers, after realizing that the police had intercepted them, detonated the bomb, killing herself and one other accomplice.
“By 3:50 a.m. today, mobile police personnel on guard duty opposite the federal high court, sighted three suspected suicide bombers (2females & a male) running towards their sandbag”, said Mr. Isuku.
“They ordered them to a halt for questioning. In the process, one of them detonated the IED strapped to her body, killing herself and one other male accomplice.
“The other female survivor was arrested alive and subsequently handed over to the military for further exploitation and necessary follow up actions.
“Police bomb disposal units also mobilized to the scene to detonate unexploded IEDs on the bodies of the deceased suicide bombers. The second bang was as a result of the demolition of the remaining IEDs by police EOD units. Normalcy has already been restored”.
Another set of twin blasts were heard at about 8 a.m., but the details are yet to be ascertained.