As the military continued to battle the Islamic terrorists group in Nigeria, the troops of the Operation Lafiaya Dole said they intercepted three suspected suicide bombers attempting to enter Maiduguri the Borno state capital Friday along Maiduguri/Mafa checkpoint.
The Deputy Theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Lucky Irabor, told newsmen at the operation media centre in Maiduguri the troops at the checkpoint sight two female suicide bombers and a male suicide bomber trying to infiltrate Maiduguri along Maiduguri-Mafa road, where one of the female suicide bomber detonated her own killing herself and one other female bomber, while the male suicide bomber was gunned down by the troops of the Nigerian Army while trying to run into their midst.
Irabor, also informed that 63 Boko Haram terrorists were killed from Monday, 18th January 2016, to Friday, 22nd 2016, at various places within the theater of operation, adding that many AK47 riffles, ammunition, Anti-Aircraft Gun, RPG, GMPG, explosives, vehicles, motorcycles among others were recovered from the operations.
“Our troops conducted a fighting patrol at Afe, Kudiye, Souma, Dikwa Mijigeta, Mida villages of Borno state. During the operation our troops come in contact with Boko Haram terrorist at Kudiye and Mijigete where 370 hostages were rescued and brought to IDP camp in Dikwa and 3 rifles and 41 motorcycles were destroyed,” he said.
He also stated that troops have cleared some Boko Haram hideouts in Wala, Tirkopytir and Durubajuwe in Gwoza local government area, where they recovered GMPG, locally made Dane gun and a grinding machine were recovered.
Major General Lucky Irabor, maintained that troops also came in contact with Boko Haram terrorist in Huyum in Askira/uba local government area, adding that “the terrorists sighting troops abandoned their families behind which including five women and 12 children and are currently undergoing interrogation.
According to him, the Nigerian Air force provides closed air support and surveillance to the ground troops in all the encounters with the terrorists.
He commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious at all times, especially at checkpoints, worship centre, markets, motor parks and schools.