Nigerian troops kill two female suicide bombers, rescue 211 Boko Haram captives

Rescued Boko Haram captives

Two teenage female suicide bombers were on Saturday night shot dead by troops as they made a futile attempt to sneak into Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, wearing explosive vests hidden under their clothes, officials said.

A top military official informed PREMIUM TIMES that the deafening explosion that resonated in most part of Maiduguri at about 9 p.m. on Saturday was as a result of the safe detonation of the explosive vests retrieved from the bodies of the dead girls. They were both in their late teens.

“It happened at about 8.45 p.m., when two female suicide bombers, about 18 years of age, attempted to enter Maiduguri through Umarari in Molai General area about 9km to Maiduguri township”, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“They were sighted by the Civilian-JTF and consequently shot dead by security personnel on duty at the area.

“No other loss of life or injury was recorded. The police EOD (explosive ordinance department) team was mobilized to the scene to render the unexploded IED safe, while normalcy has been restored to the area.”

Hours before the interception of the two suicide bombers, troops of the Nigeria Army had gunned down a Boko Haram kingpin during an operation that led to the rescue of 211 civilian captives from a Boko Haram den.

The spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, confirmed the development in a statement he sent to the media.

“Following reported sighting of Boko Haram terrorists scavenging in some villages in northern Borno State, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with Civilian JTF, on Saturday embarked on fighting patrol to Cingal, Murye and Mala Maja villages and cleared them of the terrorists”, the brigadier general said.

“During an encounter, the troops neutralised one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered 11 bicycles. The patrol team also rescued 211 civilians held captive by Boko Haram terrorists at Murye and Mala Maja village.

“In addition, the patrol team escorted 2 heavy duty trucks and 18 pickup vans to recover Internally Displaced Persons’ foodstuff from Mala Maja.

“The rescued persons are currently being screened”.

Suicide bombing by teenage girls has been a major strategy of the Boko for about two years. Over 200 such teenage girls have lost their lives helping Boko Haram convey their lethal weapons to attack both military and civil populations around north-east Nigeria. Sadly, less than ten of them survived the deadly mission.

It has also been observed that most the female suicide bombers were deployed in twos.

One of the girls that recently reneged on the mission by refusing to detonate her explosive told security operatives that they were made to believe that the explosives would not harm them. She said they were told that they would disappear to a safe haven where they would be married to handsome husbands of their choice and then live an eternal life of bliss and happiness.


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  • Epsilon_Delta

    These phony rescues should stop! Boko-haram has been and remains a way of life up north. This rescues will continue ad-infinitum because boko is haram in the north and the leaders are fattening their pockets with huge budgetary allocations, to fight threats created by themselves.

    • Rommel

      These people look like Chadians

      • emmanuel

        So all women and children from the three Boko Haram states would fead on FG forever? So mopping people from their villages into IDP’s is the best phase in BH fight?

    • AryLoyds

      Haha , Boko haram to the North is like a saviour that came to deliver the presidency back to them. So be rest assured that the propaganda is bound to continue for the foreseeable future.

    • Abdullah Musa

      It is a pity to see one living with warped imagination.
      Try to live by the truth and enjoy life devoid of unwarranted hatred of others.

      • emmanuel

        Your people hate Nigeria, so are taking advantage of Boko Haram to siphon our resources and beg from International community.
        This story and the women and children gathered for the photo are stage managed.
        Listen, even Somolia has less refugee since their war started in 1990 than South East Nigerian – fraud

        • Abdullah Musa

          The pity remains, for a mind impenetrable.

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  • emmanuel

    Liar Mohammed has resumed, now that Buhari is back. See those very colourful women and children claimed rescued. Check their shawls in diverse beautiful colours. People who were held hostage in areas long liberated by the Army cannot be rescued.
    The story would have made sense if they said, women and Children in liberated areas osed for photograph, than claim they were rescued.
    From where?
    Hale and hearty LIAR MOHAMMED, repent or you will perish!

  • Otile

    This is absurd. Nowadays when suicide bombers detonate bombs in market squares, churches or other public places only the suicde bombers die. Ifa Orunmilla iro ni oo.

  • Names???

    …and as usual only 2 female suicide bombers die. And the names of the suicide bombers are :
    FIRSTNAME ———– Female
    MIDDLE NAME ——- Suicide
    SURNAME ————– Bombers

    …this is possible only in Nigeria. Suicide bombers are never named. They are always faceless. What a country!