A bomb exploded near Military Quarter Guard along Biu Road in Gombe State on Sunday, June 8, killing female suicide bomber and a soldier.
According to Daily Trust, a female terrorist first hugged the soldier before detonating the bomb. She and the soldier were killed instantly while other soldiers who sustained injuries are receiving treatment at the 301 military barracks in Gombe.
According to a source, the "explosion occurred at about 11am along Military Quarter Guard along Biu Road in Gombe."
Reportedly, the woman has arrived at the quarter guard where the office of the commandant of the 301 battalion is located on a motorcycle. She had the explosive in her bag, but the bomb went off before she reached her destination.
Gen. Olukolade who confirmed the incident said on telephone that one soldier died while another was wounded in the explosion.
He said in a statement: "Troops mounting a security check point at a Barrack entrance in Gombe this morning (yesterday) intercepted a lady suicide bomber while she was attempting to gain entry into the barracks.
"The lady suicide bomber who had primed herself with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) concealed under her Hijab was intercepted when troops acting on intelligence report indicating that a terrorist group was plotting to attack barracks around Gombe using female suicide bombers, halted her and 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. Normal activities have since resumed in the barracks."
A resident, who did not want his name mentioned, stated that he was in his house around 11.20 a.m. when he heard the blast.
He said he also heard soldiers shooting into the air, apparently to scare people.