The Defence Headquarters has explained the circumstances surrounding Sunday’s suicide bombing at the 301 Battalion, Gombe.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement issued in Abuja that troops at a security check-point at the entrance to the barrack had intercepted the bomber.
“Our men at a barrack entrance in Gombe intercepted a lady suicide bomber, while she was attempting to gain entry into the barracks.
“The lady suicide bomber primed herself with improvised explosive devices concealed under her Hijjab.
“The troops, acting on an earlier tip-off that a terrorist group was plotting to attack barracks around Gombe using female suicide bombers, halted her.
“As she was being searched, the bomb detonated killing the lady.
“Unfortunately, one of the troops conducting the search also died, while another was wounded in the explosion,’’ Olukolade said in the statement.
He said that normal activities had since resumed in the barracks.