The Ebonyi State Police Command on Tuesday disclosed that the man killed in an explosion in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, was a suicide bomber.
The spokesperson of the command, Loveth Odah, noted that the man involved in the explosion was a policeman on duty in the area.
Odah further stated that the police operative is a mobile police officer on special deployment to Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
She added that the police operative identified as Idi Aminu, died as a result of an accidental hand grenade explosion.
The incident which occurred opposite Amizi Amangbala Primary School in Afikpo North and the popular Eke Market in the area saw people run for safety.
Residents believe he was a suicide bomber but Mrs Odah said he was an Inspector of Police.
He mistakenly hit the lead of his grenade which was hanging on his waist with his elbow resulting in the deadly explosion”, she said.
She noted that the police officer was an operative of MOPOL 32 and not a suicide bomber as being circulated on social media and other platforms.
Odah noted that his remains had been evacuated to a mortuary.