The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi and the state’s deputy governor had a close shave with death today as a suicide bomber detonated his bomb just meters from where both were. The incident happened around 2:15pm, immediately after Friday prayers at the mosque in front of the Shehu’s palace. Witnesses said a youth of about the age of 15 was noticed walking towards the two dignitaries.
However, the suspicious manner in which he was approaching them immediately drew the attention of the security men guarding the Shehu who quickly tried to shield him. In the process, the bomb went off, killing at least 10 other people in the vicinity and critically wounding two of the soldiers.
JTF spokesman in the state, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa confirmed the incident but said only 5 people were killed and 6 others, including the two soldiers, wounded by the blast. The area around the Shehu’s palace has been cordoned off and more soldiers have been deployed to the scene. More details soon. DAILYTRUST