The attack was on a military patrol
A suicide bomber rammed a car into a military patrol on Sunday in Damaturu, Yobe State, killing himself and at least five soldiers.
“The attacker died in the explosion and five soldiers were also killed,” a security source in the state said on condition of anonymity.
According to the source, the bomber, who had been in a sport-utility vehicle parked along the roadside, rammed into the multiple-vehicle military convoy when it passed, affecting two of the vehicles.
The state police commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe, confirmed the explosion and said that there were military casualties.
However, he did not provide a figure for casualties, and gave a slightly different version of events, saying the suicide bomber was being chased by a military patrol vehicle and the driver blew himself up when soldiers closed in on him.
“The incident occurred this morning when some military personnel on routine patrol suspected a particular vehicle to be carrying some dangerous weapons,” Egbuniwe said.
“They tried to stop the vehicle before the occupants, who are suspected Boko Haram members, ignited an explosive which killed two of the suspects.”