The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that 8 suicide bomber blew themselves up at a military checkpoint in Gubio, Borno State.
The Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said in a statement in Abuja that the incident occurred at a checkpoint at Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area.
Mr. Usman, a colonel, said the suicide bombers came in a Bedford pick-up vehicle primed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), including suicide vests.
He said the terrorists attempted to force their way through the checkpoint but met stiff resistance from troops, who insisted that the “vehicle be thoroughly checked.’’
“The suicide bombers refused and blew up themselves by detonating one of the suicide vests, killing all the eight Boko Haram terrorists on board,” he said.
Suicide bombing by Boko Haram continues to occur in Borno despite the insurgents being chased out of territory they once controlled at the peak of the crisis.
Over 20,000 people have been killed and millions of others injured since the insurgency began in 2009.
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