Dog hailed as hero after it stops suicide bomber at wedding in Nigeria

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A dog belonging to a resident in Nigeria has been hailed as hero after it stopped a female teenage suicide bomber from killing wedding guests.

The suicide bomber was sneaking into the ceremony in the Nigerian village of Belbelo, near the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Both the dog and the suicide bomber were killed when the teenager detonated her bomb as she fought to get away from the dog, Lafiya Dole FM said.

According to the police spokesman Victor Isuku the bomber, believed to be from Boko Haram, had been making her way into the wedding party on Sunday morning when the dog attacked her.

“This forced the suspect to detonate her explosive, while battling to wriggle herself from the claws and jaws of the dog,” he said in a statement reported by Nigerian media.

“The dog stopped the teenage suicide bomber from detonating her strapped improvised explosive devices on the wedding crowd of people.”

The attempted bombing happened just a few hours after three other suicide bombers blew themselves up at two other locations not far from the wedding ceremony, Mr Isuku said.

Boko Haram has a history of using women or children for such assaults, especially in Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.

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