Troops Kill 2 Female Suicide Bombers Targeting IDPs in Mongonu

  • Another kills self, 2 people injured
  • Minitary ambush Boko Haram in Kukawa, kill 4

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerian troops engaged in the Operation Lafiya Dole against the Boko Haram terrorists have averted what could have been devastating suicide bombings at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mongonu, Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Monday that three female Boko Haram suicide bombers, at 6:15am on Monday, attempted to attack innocent IDPs fetching water at a borehole located about 3 kilometres on the outskirt of Monguno town along Marte road.

“Our vigilant troops detected and gunned them down, killing both instantly,” Usman said.

Unfortunately, he added, the explosive they were strapped with exploded and injured two civilians nearby.

The Army spokesman stated that the injured persons have been evacuated and are receiving medical attention at the 8 Task Force Division’s medical facility.

He, however, noted that the third suicide bomber that followed a different route, detonated hers some distance from troops deployment along the same road about 7.10am.

He said that the troops have cordoned off the general area and imposed restriction of movement into Monguno while they the general area and make it safe.

In a related development, Usman said that the troops of 118 Task Force Battalion, 8 Task Force Division had in the early hours of Monday, 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.

He said: “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 four Boko Haram terrorists carrying logistics items.“

Usman said that the troops recovered 48 jerry cans containing 1,440 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Automatic Gasoline Oil (AGO), eight motorcycles out of which two were destroyed, 21 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two AK-47 rifles, an unprimed Improvised Explosive Device and a 36 Henagar hand grenade, as well as assorted drugs.