A suspected female suicide bomber and a soldier died yesterday, when a bomb exploded at a Nigerian Army barracks in Gombe.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who confirmed the explosion at a military quarter-guard, in a statement issued in Abuja, said that another soldier was wounded by the explosion.
It was gathered that the female bomber, riding on a motorcycle and on approaching the quarter-guard of the 301 Battalion, hugged a soldier.
This led to the bomb exploding, and killing both of them.
The source said the explosion also injured other soldiers at the quarter-guard, and they were quickly rushed to the military hospital for treatment, though Olukolade said only one other personnel was injured.
Reports have it that immediately after the explosion, soldiers cordoned off the road leading to the barracks. Also, shops and other business centres which were opened at that time were hurriedly closed by their owners, while many other people ran helter-skelter.
A resident of the area, who did not want his name mentioned, said he was in his house around 11.20am when he heard the blast. He said he also heard soldiers shooting in the air, apparently to scare people away.
The source said he saw some injured persons being conveyed to hospital in vehicles from the scene, while soldiers blocked the road and stopped people from going to the scene of the incident. He however said normal activities had thereafter been on-going at the barracks.
“Intelligence deduced from credible information earlier received on this plot confirms the vigilance of some members of the public”, Olukolade said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Gombe State Police Command, Mr Fwaje Atahiri, a DSP, had earlier said that he heard of the incident but did not have details.