Suicide bomber attacks police command, kills 5

According to punchngFive persons were feared killed in a suicide attack on the Borno State Police Command Headquarters in Maiduguri on Friday.

A suicide bomber had attempted to gain access into the command, but the bombs he bore exploded at the gate and killed the victims.

The exact number of policemen affected by the blast could not be immediately ascertained.

But the police later confirmed that an inspector and four civilians died in the blast.

Police spokesman, Mr. Frank Mba, a chief superintendent of police, in a statement on Friday, said a lone male suicide bomber driving a light green Toyota Camry car, loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices, attempted to smash through the gate of the Borno Command HQs at about 11.30 am.

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According to him, the attempt failed as “vigilant and combat-ready police officers on guard duty” at the gate resisted and prevented him from gaining access into the premises.

Mba said, “Obviously acting out of frustration and desperation, he detonated the explosives right outside the gate of the headquarters, killing himself in the process and one Inspector Ali Bulama.”

He said four other civilians, who were passers-by, lost their lives in the incident.

“Three other civilians and a few police officers sustained injury of varying degrees.

“They are all responding to treatment at various hospitals in Borno,” Mba added.

Meanwhile, a combined team of detectives from the Borno State CID and the Police Bomb Disposal Unit had begun an investigation into the incident.

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The police appealed to the public to continue to support them and other security agencies by volunteering useful information at all times.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Islamic insurgent  group, Boko Haram, had carried out attacks on police stations in the past.

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