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Terrorism: How 19-year-old suicide bomber arrested in Yobe

by Zara Mustapha

File photo

File photo

A deadly attack on the A Division Police Station has been averted by the police in Yobe state at the central roundabout in Damaturu, the state capital.

According to the State Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai, a 19-year-old alleged suicide bomber, Abubakar Umar was caught while trying to park a  Blue Chevrolet pick-up van which he drove in front of the station.

It was reported that Umar had driven the pick-up van into the sandbags in front of the station with the intention of blowing up the station and killing many policemen.

“In the early hours of today (Sunday), one Abubakar Umar 19 years, a suicide bomber attempted to bomb the A Division Police Station Damaturu. He was driving in a blue rickety Chevrolet pick-up van in a suspicious manner.

“The vigilant policemen on duty immediately noticed his suspicious movement and fired some warning shots when the suicide bomber ran on the sandbags in front of the police station and he was arrested.

“After serious interrogation by the police, Abubakar Umar confessed that he is a Boko Haram and his mission to Damaturu was to come and bomb the police station and kill as many policemen as he can,” Rufai stated.

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CP Rufai also informed that “the vehicle was carrying animal dung apparently as a decoy of concealing the explosives from prowling eyes of security agents”.

Speaking on the items recovered in the botched attack, CP Sanusi said: “we discovered five constructed gas cylinders with explosive improvised devices(EIDs), 20 liters of AGO(diseal), 10 liters of PMS(petrol), one fire extinguisher, 5 9.5 battery chargers and a wall clock in the car”.

He said the Police Bomb Squad condoned off the place and effectively diffused all the bombs.

The army also confirmed the failed attack.

Director of Defence Information Major General Chris Olukolade in a statement explained that an attempt was made to bomb the police station but was foiled by the police.

“An attack by suicide bombers operating in a pick up vehicle laden with IEDs was this morning foiled in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. The target of the attack was the A Divison Police Station situated by the main round about in the heart of the town. The attempt was however foiled as culprit was arrested by the police personale on duty…

“A total of 6 already constructed turbines containers loaded with explosives as well as 20 liters of petrol and 11 bags of bean chaff have been recovered from the scene. The police anti bomb squad has safely detonated the explosives”, the statement said.
The Police in Yobe state has foiled what could have been a deadly attack on A Division Police Station at the central roundabout in Damaturu, the State capital.

According to the State Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai, one 19 years old Abubakar Umar drove a Blue Chevrolet pick-up van into the sandbags in front of the station with the intention of blowing up the station and killing many police men.

“In the early hours of today (Sunday), one Abubakar Umar 19 years, a suicide bomber attempted to bomb the A Division Police Station Damaturu. He was driving in a blue rickety Chevrolet pick-up van in a suspicious manner.

“The vigilant policemen on duty immediately noticed his suspicious movement and fired some warning shots when the suicide bomber ran on the sandbags in front of the police station and he was arrested.

“After serious interrogation by the police, Abubakar Umar confessed that he is a Boko Haram and his mission to Damaturu was to come and bomb the police station and kill as many policemen as he can,” Rufai stated.

CP Rufai also informed that “the vehicle was carrying animal dung apparently as a decoy of concealing the explosives from prowling eyes of security agents”.

Speaking on the items recovered in the botched attack, CP Sanusi said: “we discovered five constructed gas cylinders with explosive improvised devices(EIDs), 20 liters of AGO(diseal), 10 liters of PMS(petrol), one fire extinguisher, 5 9.5 battery chargers and a wall clock in the car”.

He said the Police Bomb Squad condoned off the place and effectively diffused all the bombs.

The army also confirmed the failed attack.

Director of Defence Information Major General Chris Olukolade in a statement explained that an attempt was made to bomb the police station but was foiled by the police.

“An attack by suicide bombers operating in a pick up vehicle laden with IEDs was this morning foiled in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. The target of the attack was the A Divison Police Station situated by the main round about in the heart of the town. The attempt was however foiled as culprit was arrested by the police personale on duty…

“A total of 6 already constructed turbines containers loaded with explosives as well as 20 liters of petrol and 11 bags of bean chaff have been recovered from the scene. The police anti bomb squad has safely detonated the explosives”, the statement said.

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