The Gombe State Police Command yesterday said it foiled an attempt by an unidentified person to detonate an explosive device at the Government Day Secondary School, Tudun Wada in Gombe metropolis, where students were sitting for the National Examinations Council (NECO) examinations.
It was learnt that the suspected suicide bomber drove into the school compound in an explosives-laden Honda Odyssey car but the device could not detonate.
The state police commissioner, Mr. Kudu Nma, said he deployed his officers and men to the scene after getting the report. According to him, the police anti-bomb squad detonated three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and recovered 12 others.
Mr. Nma said the police recovered three long fabricated cylinders of IEDs, two short fabricated cylinders of IEDs and three military tool box fabricated IEDs.
He added that the IEDs had an impact range of 800 metres radius, which would have been devastating had the suicide bomber succeeded.
The police boss advised the public to beware of the desperation of suicide bombers and provide useful information to the police for prompt action.