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NIGERIA: Lone Suicide Bomber Arrested in Yobe

A lone suicide bomber was yesterday arrested in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, while on a mission to blow off a police station.
 
Witnesses told journalists that the bomber, who drove into the town in a pickup van from its southern border, rammed the vehicle into the protective sand bags at the A Division of the Nigeria Police located in the busy area of the town.
 
According to them, the suicide bomber, who had thought the van would have immediately detonated, was disappointed when the device refused to explode.
He was subsequently arrested minutes later.
 
He later confessed to be having some Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) loaded in the pickup van.
 
This was later confirmed and diffused by the anti-bomb squad of the Yobe State Police Command.
Some witnesses that spoke to journalists, said the suspected bomber after his arrest, was handed over to the special operation battalion of the 7 Division  of the Nigeria Army in Damaturu for further interrogation.
The state Commissioner of Police Mr. Sanusi Rufai, while confirming the incident to journalists in Damaturu, gave the name of the suspect as Abubakar Umar, a 19-year-old.
 
He said the suicide bomber was on a mission to blow off the A Division of the Nigeria Police as well as kill innocent people at the busy central roundabout in the heart of Damaturu metropolis.
 
He revealed that after searching the Chevrolet Pickup van brought by the bomber, five constructed cylinders with explosives devices, 20 litres of diesel and 10 litres of petrol were found in the van.
Other items found in his possession included five 9.5 battery charger, a fire extinguisher containing explosives and a wall clock.
 
The suspect according to him, was still undergoing interrogation.
He called on the public to continue to partner security agents in their efforts to fight terrorism in the state and the country as a whole.

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