A dog is being credited with saving lives by intervening to stop a suicide bomber who was attempted to enter a wedding party near Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Army radio says that the dog grappled with the teen girl bomber until the explosives went off, killing them both, as NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.
“Most Belbelo villagers were reportedly at the wedding when the dog pounced on the would-be suicide bomber, who was reportedly hovering on the outskirts of the ceremony on Sunday morning,” Ofeibea adds.
The local Vanguard newspaper states that the bomber, “whose original mission appeared to have been thwarted, detonated her explosives while battling to wriggle herself from the canine grip of the dog.”
Buba Ahmed, who lives in the area, told the Associated Press that the “guests are grateful that the dog sacrificed itself to save their lives.” Police spokesman Victor Isuku also confirmed the incident to the wire service.
The Nigerian military has launched a major offensive against Boko Haram militants and rolled back their territory in the north of the country, though the militants continue to mount attacks.