Troops of the Nigerian Army have averted what could have turned out to be a deadly attack at the premises of the Internally Displaced Persons in Monguno town of Borno State.
It was gathered that on Tuesday morning, ground soldiers spotted three female suicide bombers advancing towards the IDPs camp and gunned down two of them.
It was also learnt that the third suicide bomber was able to detonate her device hidden under her garment amidst the shooting and got two innocent civilians injured.
In a related development, vigilant troops were able to ambush a gang of Boko Haram members conveying supplies of logistics for their members somewhere near Kukawa local government area of Borno State.
This is contained in two press statements issued by the spokesperson for the Army, Sani Kukasheka Usman.
One of the statements also said that the soldiers were able to subdue the moving Boko Haram members by killing four of them.
The two statements read:
“Today at about 6.15am, 3 female Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers attempted to attack innocent Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fetching water at a borehole located about 3 kilometres, outskirt of Monguno town along Marte road.
“Our vigilant troops detected and gunned them down, killing both instantly.
Unfortunately, the explosive they were strapped with exploded and injured 2 civilians nearby. The injured persons have been evacuated and are receiving medical attention at the 8 Task Force Division’s medical facility.
“However, the third suicide bomber that followed a different route, detonated some distance before troops deployment along the same road at about 7.10am.
“Troops have cordoned off the general area and imposed restriction of movement into Monguno while they the general area and make it safe”.
“At the early hours of today, troops of 118 Task Force Battalion, 8 Task Force Division sprang a surprised ambush on some elements of Boko Haram terrorists along Gerere Junction, Kukawa Local Government Area, on the northern part of Borno State.
“The Boko Haram terrorists were suspected to be fleeing from the advancing troops of 119 Task Force Battalion presently mopping the general area of Kangarwa in Kukawa Local Government Area.
“During the operation, the troops killed 4 Boko Haram terrorists carrying logistics items. The troops recovered 48 Jerry cans containing 1,440 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Automatic Gasoline Oil (AGO), 8 Motorcycles out of which 2 were destroyed, 21 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 AK-47 rifles, an unprimed Improvised Explosive Device and a 36 Henagar Hand Grenade, as well as assorted drugs.
“However, one of the military vehicle and communication equipment were badly damaged from gun shots by the terrorists.
“The troops have continued to intensify vigilance and high level of alertness following concerted efforts of clearing the remnants of the terrorists”.