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Nigerian Soldier Showing Off IEDs He Brought From Borno Dies In Kotangora Market Bomb Explosion

Feb 26, 2017 – Bomb Explosion At Gari Market In Kotangora Niger State : Nigerian Soldier Showing Off IEDs He Brought From Borno Tagged Suicide Bomber After Being Killed In Bomb Explosion

3 people died while 4 others were injured in a bomb explosion which rocked Gari village, few kilometers from Kontagora town of Niger state on Saturday morning.

The explosion, which took place at the Gari market square at 11 am was rumoured to have been caused by a suicide bomber who also died. The suicide bomber was said to be wearing military uniform.

But while confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations officer, DSP Bala Elkana said the explosion was as a result of wrong handling of the explosive by a newly recruited soldier who recently returned from Borno State where the military has been fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.

Elkana gave the name of the soldier as 22-year-old Private Tanko Damina, attached to 145 battalion Maiduguri.

According to the police spokesperson,

“Tanko Damina came back with some explosive devices and was in the habit of showing off to the villagers that he was actually involved in the Maiduguri operation. He was used to carrying the explosives on his body around the village”.

Elkana disclosed that the explosives went off in the market killing the soldier and two others while four people were injured, adding, “we thank God that it was not a market day; the casualty could have been very high.”

When told that eyewitnesses claimed the incident was carried out by a suicide bomber, Elkana insisted that it was not, saying that “it was an accident like I told you. The soldier was displaying one of the two grenades in his possession around Mahauta area of the market in Beri in the presence of his friends out of over zealousness”.

Elkana gave the names of the three civilians killed as 14-year old Wasila Adamu, another 20-year old Ruma Bello and 12-year old Kulu Garba, all females.

He gave the identities of the injured as 30-year old Aisha Musa, 60-year old Alhaji Tukur Umaru, 35-year old Barmo Gado Maikifi, 25-year old Ishaya Timothy, 25-year old Balki Salihu, 25-year old Sadiq and 60-year old Mohammed Danbujaja.

The police spokesman said anti bomb experts had been dispatched to the home of the deceased to check if there were other IEDs in the residence.

The incident was said to have created panic in the village but the police said “normalcy has returned to the area.”




  1. fifelomo

    February 26, 2017 at 6:25 AM

    Oh poor boy who lacks knowledge. Rip.

    • RAPO

      February 27, 2017 at 2:54 AM

      that guy is a suicide bomber!!! they should say that truth….He is a Boko Haram among the soldiers….

  2. Geezy

    February 26, 2017 at 6:26 AM

    The mother of all fools

  3. Mon

    February 26, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    That moron was indeed a suicide bomber and stop calling him soldier… how can a trained soldier be playing with such,was he under influence of any other thing?

    People must have recognized him that’s why they are covering him as not suicide bomber and God prevented him from not killing as many as he wanted.

  4. Danti

    February 26, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Very unprofessional!

  5. comeandmarry

    February 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    naija army always want to tske credit.
    how can a newly return solja frm maiduguri be playing with hand grenade.
    na toy abi na banga.
    that he now wear it around.
    hand grenades dont cause much casualty.
    max of 2 to 3 ppl wud die using hand grenades.
    a whole soldier trained be playing with hand grenades like say na groundnut.
    na boko haram

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