By Olukayode Michael
Boko Haram suicide bomber on Tuesday attacked a checkpoint in troubled Borno State, killing five members of youth vigilante group.
The suicide attack also got five persons injured.
In a statement, the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North East Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Abdulkadir Ibrahim said: “Five members of Civilian JTF were killed in suicide bomb blast in Madarari, outskirts of Konduga town in Konduga local government area, Borno State at a checkpoint before entering Konduga.”
He added that: “Five people were injured in the incident which occurred when the suicide bomber detonated the concealed IED as he was being searched at checkpoint.”
Tuesday’s attack will go down as one of the worst for Civilian JTF in Borno as they have always had an edge over the terrorist group.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the police in Borno, Edet Okon in a press release said: “Today (Tuesday) being 15-05-18 at about 1330hrs in Mandarari village in Konduga LGA, a male suicide bomber detonated an IED strapped to his body, close to an Airtel Mast. The resulting explosion killed the bomber and unfortunately, four civillian JTF operatives. Five other persons were injured.
He said: “The Borno State Police Command immediately deployed men of the EOD unit and other combat teams to sanitize the scene and restore normalcy. The corpses and the injured have been evacuated to the hospital.
He said the commissioner of police urged members of the public to always remain vigilant and report suspicious persons and activities to the Police or other security agencies.