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63 insurgents killed in Borno within one week, as troops foil another suicide attack

Troops on duty
Troops on duty
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T.Y Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. T.Y Buratai

The Nigerian Army under Operation Lafiya Dole, Friday morning, intercepted three suspected suicide bombers trying to infiltrate Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, around the Maiduguri-Mafa checkpoint.

While briefing newsmen at the Operation’s Media Centre, the theater Commander, Major General Hassan Umoru, represented by the deputy theater commander, Major General Lucky Irabor, said the troops at the checkpoint sight two female and one male suicide bombers trying to infiltrate Maiduguri along the Maiduguri-Mafa road. One of the female suicide bombers detonated her bomb, killing herself and the other female bomber, while the male suicide bomber was gunned down by the troops of the Nigerian Army while trying to run into their midst.

The theater commander said 63 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the Army between Monday 18 and Friday 22 January 2016 in various places within the theater of operation, adding that many AK 47 riffles, ammunition, Anti Aircraft Guns, RPGs, GMPGs, explosives, vehicles, motorcycles among others were recovered.

He said “our troops conducted a fighting patrol at Afe, Kudiye, Souma, Dikwa, Mijigeta and Mida villages of Borno state. During the operations our troops came in contact with Boko Haram terrorists at Kudiye and Mijigete where 370 hostages were rescued and brought to the IDP camp in Dikwa and 3 rifles and 41 motorcycles were destroyed.”

The troops, according to the commander also cleared some Boko Haram hideouts in Wala, Tirkopytir and Durubajuwe in Gwoza local government area, where they recovered GMPG, locally made Dane gun and a grinding machine.

The General said in Huyum in Askira/Uba local government area, the terrorists sighting troops abandoned their families which includes five women and 12 children who are currently undergoing interrogation, adding that in all these encounters the Nigerian Air force provided air support and surveillance for the ground troops.

General Hassan Umoru commended the efforts of the troops and renewed calls for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious at all times, especially at checkpoints, worship centres, markets, motor parks and schools.

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