Yahuza Mohammad, a 22 year old amputee, narrated how he survived 2 separate Boko Haram suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
The incident happened at Muna Garage area between 2017 and 2018.
The young man who spoke to the New Agency of Nigeria revealed that the first attack on March 26, 2017, destroyed his right leg.
According to Mohammad, the attack on that day changed his life as the bomb detonated by a female suicide bomber hit his right leg. The suicide attack on that day left many dead and some others injured.
“Suspicious of her moves, one of my colleagues stopped to interrogate her not noticing that she was concealing an IED on her chest. Consequently, she detonated the explosive.
“I only woke and saw myself in the hospital with my left leg amputated.
“The same scenario repeated itself when another bomber attacked us while we were resting outside due to the intensive heat.
“I could still visualise how my friend Hudu, was questioning the girl when I heard a thunderous sound. I was lucky that I was laying down flat when she detonated the explosive, killing my three friends and injuring 45 others,” he said.
Despite these attacks and lack of support apparently from government, Muhammad vowed to continue defending his community with bare hands.
“What we are lacking is support. We are left to protect ourselves with bare hands. I normally go to the market to buy some commodities to sell in the community which enabled me to go round as part of my patrol strategy,” he said.
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