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Friday Blast Near Shehu Of Borno Palace Kills About 5, by THEWILL

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A suicide bomber this afternoon detonated explosives wired to his body outside a mosque close to the place of the Shehu of Borno killing at least five persons and wounding several others.

The incident according to sources occurred after Friday prayers attended by the traditional ruler and top government functionaries amidst tight security.

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What would have ended up a major score for men suspected to be adherents of the Boko Haram Islamist sect was averted in Borno State on Friday afternoon when the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Umar Garbai Abba Kyari, and the state’s deputy governor, Alhaji Zanna Ummar both escaped death by the skin of their teeth, after an explosive device deposited close to the two men by a suicide bomber detonated, killing and injuring many people.

The incident happened around 2:15pm, immediately after Friday prayers at the mosque in front of the Shehu’s palace. According to witnesses, a youth whose age was guessed to be around of 15, was noticed walking towards the two dignitaries.

His movement spawned suspicion from security men, who quickly overpowered him. The bomb detonated in the process, killing at least 10 other people in the surrounding and critically wounding two soldiers.

Spokesman of the Joint Task Force in the state, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa confirmed the incident but said that only five people were killed while six others, including the two soldiers, were wounded.

The area around the Shehu’s palace has since been cordoned off and more soldiers have been deployed to the scene.

The Boko Haram, a group of radical Islamists with links to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda have carried out a string of deadly attacks in northern Nigerian targeting both Christian and Moslem worshippers.

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