Three soldiers lost their lives on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a military checkpoint in Gwoza town, Borno state near the border with Cameroon.
In the early morning attack which residents blamed on Boko Haram, three soldiers were also injured.
AFP reports that the attack happened at about 7a.m. but the news of the incident took several hours to emerge due to the area’s poor telephone network following the destruction of telecom masts in previous Boko Haram attacks.
According to a resident, Dahiru Yunusa, the blast was heard throughout the town.
Another resident, Musa Buzu, after the blast, residents rushed to the scene to look at the mangled remains of the car used by the suicide bomber, adding that the scene was cordoned off by the military until 4:00 pm.
“The town was still asleep when the suicide bomber attacked the checkpoint with a deafening explosion that awoke the whole town,” Buzu said.
Military spokesmen were not available to comment on the attack.
Gwoza, which is 100 kilometres (60 miles) from state capital Maiduguri, has come under repeated attack by the terrorists, leaving many dead.
Early June, Boko Haram had attacked 3 villages situated in Gwoza LGA. Officials confirmed that 110 people died and 2000 were displaced in the attack.
Last month, the traditional monarch of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, was killed when Boko Haram gunmen ambushed the convoy of three emirs on their way to the funeral of another influential emir.
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