Troops of the Nigerian Army on Thursday killed six suicide bombers who are members of the deadly Islamic sect Boko Haram.
The suicide bombers were killed after they attempted to attack Mafa checkpoint, 9 kilometer to Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
TheCable reports that the six Boko Haram militants came with three other suicide bombers who detonated their explosives at Muna motor park and Muna Dalti, a community located opposite an IDPs camp, killing two and injuring eight members of the civilian JTF.
Confirming the Muna Garage attack, the spokesman for the Borno command, Victor Isukwu, a deputy superintendent of police, said only the suicide bombers died in the attack.
“Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hours of today and detonated IEDs strapped on self,” he said.
“The resulting Explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy.
He also confirmed that soldiers had in the night spotted some persons on motorcycle and opened fire in their direction.
In another encounter, some Boko Haram insurgents attacked an helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, during which an airman was injured.
It was learnt that a large number of the insurgents, who attacked the Mi-17 helicopter, were repelled by the soldiers, and many of them died in an air strike.
The Boko Haram members reportedly laid ambush in Gwoza on Wednesday and thereafter attacked the NAF helicopter which was on a medical outreach to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Gwoza.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, while confirming the incident, said:
“Our helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza came under attack by members of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at several times by the insurgents. However, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound.
“The helicopter had departed from Maiduguri enroute the venue of a two-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents. Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination to enable the outreach programme to continue uninterrupted.
“Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat. Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of the terrorists were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.”