A suicide bomber was on Tuesday blown to pieces when a suicide vest he was wearing exploded on his body.
The incident happened in Afikpo town, Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi state.
A source in the area said the incident happened around 12noon.
“He made an attempt at entering Amaizu/ Amangballa Primary School but was turned back by the school security since he couldn’t justify his reason for visiting. He immediately started running inside a nearby bush before a big bang was heard,” the source said.
The source also said residents scampered for safety when the bomb exploded but reconvened at the scene of the incident few minutes after only to discover the suspected suicide bomber laying dead in the pull of his own blood.
The resident who noted that the incident happened close to the Eke Market Afikpo which is said to be the biggest market in the area hinted that there is tension and panic in the community.
It was gathered that the upper part of the suspected suicide bomber’s body was completely destroyed from the impact of the bomb.
Commissioner for Internal Security, Stanley Okoro confirmed the incident but noted that he was yet to get details of what happened.
The incident which occurred opposite Amizi Amangbala Primary School in Afikpo North threw the area into panic as passers by scampered for safety.
The police in a press statement said that a Mobile police officer on special deployment to Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Mr Idi Aminu has lost his life in an accidental hand grenade explosion.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ebonyi state, Mrs Loveth Oda who confirmed the development explained that the MOPOL who was an Inspector mistakenly hit the lead of his grenade which was hanging on his waist with his elbow resulting in the deadly explosion.
She noted that the police officer was an operative of MOPOL 32 and not a suicide bomber as being circulated in the social media.
The PPRO said his remains had been evacuated to a mortuary.
She also cleared the air on alleged accidental discharge by a police officer at Government House Abakaliki pointing out that though a bullet accidentally fired from an AK 47 rifle when police officers posted to the gate were cleaning their firearms, it never hurt or killed any of them.
(Culled from The Nation)