A suicide bomber had today at about 1pm launched another attack on Soldiers in the peacekeeping Joint Task Force (JTF) killing himself and causing another civilian’s death by stray bullet from reacting soldiers.
In tears, Governor Kashim Shettima broke the news to journalist when he was attending to a courtesy call paid on him by some elders in the Northern Governor’s Forum on Reconciliation, Healing and Security who were in the state to brainstorm on how to explore the Boko Haram ceasefire deal.
‘As I am talking right now, Gamboru market here in my capital city is up on fire after an attack on security personnel’, he said.
A top security officer confirmed to journalists that today’s attack was targeted at the patrol vehicle of the JTF.
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‘It was a very bad day for our troops today. It was another suicide bombing, but thank God we’ve not recorded any dead casualty among our attacked operatives’, said the source who demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to speak.
A civilian source that functions as a mediator between the Sect leaders and government of Borno state said the ceasefire deal had become deadlocked.
He said the armed Sect members are backing out over allegations surrounding a truce money allegedly paid by government.
Eyewitnesses said soldiers had in anger over the attack on their colleagues shot sporadically and set fire to buildings in the area, which led to burning of a filling station and some parts of the market which had suffered two different fire incidents in the last one year.