Abuja - The military has appealed to the
general public to be always vigilant and report any suspicious movement to
This follows the activities of Boko Haram suicide bombers
bent on carrying out deadly acts in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Major General Lamidi Adeosun of the 7 Division said the
terrorists intended to carry out massive and coordinated suicide mission
through Asmari, Damboa check point, Ali Dawari, Molai Kura, Baderi, Jumari
villages, all at the outskirts of Maiduguri.
He said seven suicide bombers were gunned down by troops,
three escaped and one arrested.
“I believe they (our troops) have averted what would have
been a major disaster if they (suicide bombers) had gained entrance into
Maiduguri,” said Adeosun.
“One of them went to a nearby house and requested for
water to perform ablution but instead prepared herself and came to a nearby
mosque and blew off herself killing 1 person while 13 others injured.”
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Adeosun said the female suicide bombers were aged between
the 12 and 18.
They reportedly tried to force themselves into Maiduguri
with the intent to cause “mayhem, confusion and panic” but were intercepted by
the troops of Nigerian Army on patrol.
It was reported three of suicide bombers detonated their
devices, killing 25 persons and injuring 85 others.
Adeosun said the terrorists also in recent time laid
ambush on troops in Mairari along Maiduguri Monguno and Firgi.
He lamented that they lost four soldiers in that attack.
Adeosun said the insurgents’ capacity to attack had
nonetheless been degraded.
“That is why they were bent on attacking soft
target and laying ambush.”
- CAJ News