‘Please, Save My Life.’ A Bomb Specialist Defuses Explosives Strapped to Children – WSJ


«Once, Mr. Iljeseni caught a man acting nervously at the entrance to a crowded market in the city of Maiduguri. He yelled for civilians to flee. Then he told soldiers nearby: “If you see this man doing anything, shoot him to death or stone him to death.”

People ran from the marketplace. The bomb was on a timer, strapped to the jittery man pacing alone near the gate, surrounded from a distance. They waited. The bomb exploded, killing only the man wearing it.

Mr. Iljeseni cried for hours and for two weeks he couldn’t hear, he says: “I saw the masses of people they intended to kill. You can’t help but think about people losing their loved ones.”»

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