Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nigerian Troops Kill Two Female Suicide Bombers, Rescue 211 Boko Haram Captives

Two teenage female suicide bombers were 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 said that the deafening explosion that resonated in most part of Maiduguri was as a result of the safe detonation of the explosive vests retrieved from the bodies of the dead girls, Premium Times reported.

According to the official, they were both in their late teens.

“It happened after 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 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.

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