A suicide bomber and four other persons were killed in an explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this was confirmed to it by the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Bala Hassan.
The suicide bomber had detonated an Improvised Explosive Device at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar bin Umar Gabai El-Kanemi, during Friday’s Jumat prayers.
However, the monarch and the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, who were among the hundreds of worshippers at the prayers, escaped unhurt.
But a number of people were injured and rushed to the hospital.
Spokesman for the Joint Task Force, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, also confirmed the incident, saying only five persons died while six others, including two soldiers, were wounded by the blast.
More details later.
Culled from the PUNCH
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.
Culled from the VANGUARD