Dec 25, 2011 – Suicide Bomber Attacks SSS Command Hqtr in Yobe State – 3 Killed
The State Security Service (SSS) on Sunday confirmed that its state command in Damaturu, Yobe State was attacked by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day leaving three personnel dead. naijagists.com
It also said that the bomber tried to infiltrate the convoy of the Commanding Officer of the 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, Yobe State , Col. Dairy Abdulsalam but it was stopped by vigilant guards.
The SSS in a statement in Abuja by its Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Marilyn Ogar, said an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) stationed at its state command was destroyed.
It said that the attack on the Yobe Command coincided with a security meeting that was in progress there.
The full text of the statement reads: “On 25th December, 2011, about 1245 hours, the Yobe State Command Headquarters of the Department of State Services, Damaturu was attacked by a lone suicide bomber. The incident occurred as the convoy of the Commanding Officer of the 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, Yobe State , Dahiru ABDULSALAM ( Col. ) was driving into the Headquarters complex for a security meeting.
“The suicide bomber attempted to force his way into the convoy but was stopped by vigilant guards. However, upon collusion with the gate, the impact resulted in an explosion. “Consequently, the following casualties were recorded: i. three (3) Service personnel died; ii. the suicide bomber was killed; iii. one (1) person was injured; and iv. an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) stationed at the gate was destroyed.
“These attacks, no doubt are reactions to the on-going operations by the security agencies to contain the excesses of terrorists who continue to wreak havoc on the public.
“The attacks will in no way deter Security agencies from securing the lives and property of Nigerians and riding the society of criminals.
“Accordingly, members of the public are hereby implored to report suspicious movements within their localities to the nearest law enforcement agency in the overall effort to rid our Nation of these undesirable elements.” (the nation)