There is a saying that "if you a throw a stone in the market place, it might hit one of your loved ones." 

This best describes the incident that occurred at about 5:00 am in Gamboru, Yobe State, when a teenage male suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device strapped to his body in a mosque at Yobe area of Gamboru.

The twist is that the father to the assailant was among the 10 persons who lost their lives in the attack.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, confirmed the attack in Maiduguri.

Nicholas said that five persons were killed in the attack, as against the 11 earlier reported.

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He added that the troops had also neutralised a suicide bomber at Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area.

“Yes, but only five killed and another suicide bomber neutralised in Rann.”

However, Lawan Abba, a resident of Gamboru, said that 10 persons were killed and six others sustained injuries in the attack.

Abba disclosed that the suicide bomber sneaked into a crowded mosque while people gathered to observe morning prayer and detonated the explosive.

“The suicide bomber hailed from Gamboru town, he disowned his parents and joined the insurgents in the bush.

“He entered the mosque, blew up himself into pieces and killed 10 persons, including his biological father,” he said.


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