A dog at a Nigerian wedding party grappled with a suicide bomber until her explosives detonated, killing the animal as well, confirms an official.
Buba Ahmed of Belbello village, near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, said guests are grateful that the dog sacrificed itself to save their lives.
He said the teenage bomber was at the outskirts of a gathering where most villagers were attending a wedding ceremony when the dog pounced on her Sunday morning.
Police spokesman Victor Isuku on Wednesday confirmed to international media houses that the dog had intervened to save the wedding party.
A multinational force has driven Boko Haram extremists out of most town and villages in northeastern Nigeria, but the radicals have resorted to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers.