A dog has died after attacking a female suicide bomber as she tried to detonate explosives at a wedding party in north eastern Nigeria. The incident occurred in Maiduguri, capital of restive Borno state, where suicide bombings at the hands of Boko Haram are common.

"A female suicide bomber with IED strapped to her body attempted to infiltrate a wedding ceremony gathering in Belbelo community of Jere", the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force in Borno State, Victor Isuku, was quoted by the Premium Times as saying.

"She was however prevented by a watch dog, so she had to detonate the IED to kill herself and the dog. The dog was owned by a resident in the locality," he continued.

Isuku added no other casualties was reported.

It is not clear whether the dog had been trained to detect bombs.

The incident occurred shortly after three suicide bombers blew themselves up as they tried to enter Maiduguri on 2 April.

Boko Haram is renowned for kidnapping civilians, mainly women and children, and forcing them to carry out suicide bombing missions.

Is fight against Boko Haram over?

Both the Nigerian government and army have often claimed the fight against Boko Haram is over.

The terrorists used to control total territory the size of Belgium. However, Nigeria's ongoing military operation, Lafiya Dole, and a regional offensive – consisting of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – have scored some success, with soldiers recapturing key territories and releasing thousands of civilians held captive by the group.

But security analysts have pointed out that declaring a victory over the group is premature, given that Boko Haram is still able to carry out attacks and recruit people.

Experts also warned that underlying issues such as disenfranchisement, poverty and strong links with Isis would continue to pose major threats to stability in the region.


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