Two dogs belonging to the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)on Friday prevented two suicide bombers from detonating bombs at the Moloi General Hospital in Maiduguri.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Fatomi Ahmed who added that the agency had deployed a rescue team to evacuate debris at the scene of the foiled attack.
The foiled attack is the latest in series of deadly attacks on soft targets by the Boko Haram group in Nigeria’s northeast.
The Spokesman of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Malam Bello Danbatta, who also confirmed the incident, said that the dogs and the bombers died instantly in the attack but that no other life was lost.
An eye-witness, Mr Rilwan Isah said persistent barking by the two dogs prevented the suicide bombers from gaining entry into the hospital premises.
He explained that the insurgents, a male and female, were attacked by the dogs, forcing them to detonate the explosives strapped to their bodies.
Isah said that the dogs belonged to members of the CJTF and had been deployed to the area for rescue operations.
The eye-witness said further that the dogs attacked the suicide bombers when the animals sensed that the two persons were strangers.
Isah said that the explosion blew the suicide bombers to pieces and killed the dogs.
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