Troops, Civilian JTF intercept suicide bombers near Maiduguri

Posted by News Express | 16 December 2015 | 2,125 times

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Four female suicide bombers were today intercepted by troops and Borno Youths Empowerment Youth, otherwise known as Civilian JTF,  ahead of a checkpoint about which is about 25km outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.

This was disclosed by Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, who said that the interception took place at about 7:30 a.m.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that suicide bombers were earlier observed trying to bypass a military checkpoint through a closeby village before they were ordered to take the right road. However, few metres short of the checkpoint, one of the bombers swiftly detonated her vest.  The vigilant troops gunned down the other 3 suicide bombers before they could carry out their nefarious acts,” Col. Usman said in a statement.

He added: “Sadly, one of the Civilian JTF lost his live and 4 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries. The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device team in the area safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Device carried by the other suicide bombers.

“The security situation in the area is now cool and calm.”

•Photo shows a primed suicide bomber’s vest.

Source: News Express

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