Report said that a teenage suicide bomber was about to infiltrate a crowd at a wedding ceremony in Borno when the dog attacked her.
But for the intervention of a dog, dozens of people would have died in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Sunday, April 2.
It was gathered that a teenage suicide bomber was about to infiltrate a crowd at a wedding ceremony when the dog attacked her.
She reportedly detonated the explosive while trying to free herself from the grip of the dog – both the bomber and the dog were killed in the blast.
Police said the dog belonged to a resident of the neighbourhood where the wedding took place.
According to a deputy superintendent of police, Victor Isuku, the incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. at Belbelo community of Jere LGA of Borno.
Her said: "Information just received indicate that today at about 0733hours (7.33am), a female suicide bomber with IED strapped to her body, attempted to infiltrate a wedding ceremony gathering in Belbelo community of Jere LGA.
"She was however prevented by a watch dog, so she had to detonate the IED to kill herself and the dog.
"The dog was owned by resident in the locality"
Isuku added that normalcy has since been restored in the area and "no further casualty was recorded apart from the dog."
It was, however, not clear if the dog was trained in bomb detection.
The incident occurred few hours after three suicide bombers blew themselves up at two different locations near the spot the wedding took place.
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