The Nigerian Army on Friday said its personnel thwarted an attempt by suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect to enter Maiduguri, the capital of terror-ravaged Borno State.
According to a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, the troops successfully repelled the insurgents at Madiyari Village and Jimini-Bolori.
“Today, at about 4.00am troops of 101 Battalion of 7 Division received a tip off about impending attack in Maiduguri city by 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers from Sambisa Forest through Cashew Plantation.
“The ever vigilant troops responded decisively by intercepting and neutralizing of the suspected terrorists at Madiyari village, while the third suicide bomber was intercepted and neutralized at Jimini-Bolori village,” the statement said.
Mr. Usman, a colonel, said three soldiers suffered injuries during the battle, but had all been transported to the nearest medical facility for adequate care.
“Unfortunately 3 of our soldiers sustained injuries in the process and they have been evacuated to the unit’s Regimental Aid Post (RAP), for treatment.”
“The 2 unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by a combined team of Nigeria Police and our Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) experts.”
Similarly, Mr. Usman said soldiers also arrested suspected terrorists during a separate operation in another Borno village.
“In a related development, the troops also arrested 3 suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Nwagafete village comprising 2 women and a 16 year old boy who were connected to suspected terrorists’ food vendors earlier arrested,” he said.
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