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Troops avert major suicide attack in Borno

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The Nigerian Army command in Maiduguri, Borno State, said on Wednesday that troops have averted a major suicide attack in Gamboru Ngala.

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The incident, according to the army, occurred on Tuesday.

A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the suicide bombers were well coordinated and tried to unleash havoc on the town but for the vigilance of troops who neutralized their devious plans.

The army spokesman said two female bombers were killed by the troop, while one other was arrested.

She confessed having two other accomplices.

The statement reads:  “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Gamboru Ngala have successfully averted what would have been a major devastating suicide attack carried out by three female Boko Haram terrorists against innocent citizens in Gamboru town in Gamboru Ngala local government area of Borno State in the early hours of Tuesday.

“Two of the suicide bombers, strapped with suicide vests had attempted infiltrating Gamboru town at 6:45 a.m.  when they were sighted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and Civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.

“They were halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests, to which they vehemently declined. All efforts and entreaties by the patrol team to make the suicide bombers remove their IED vests failed as the duo adamantly approached the troops armed with their IED vests. They were immediately neutralised by the troops, while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) safely unstrapped and detonated the suicide vests.

“A third female suicide bomber was detected and intercepted within the same general area and  subsequently confessed to the joint patrol that she and the other two terrorists had been dispatched at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday to unleash mayhem on Gamboru town. She also revealed the location she hid her suicide vest and led the troops to recover it. The recovered vests and the surviving suicide bomber have been taken into custody for further interrogations.”

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