The Nigerian Army has announced that troops prevented three intending
suicide bomb attackers from fulfilling their mission in Maiduguri,
capital of Borno state on Friday.
A statement signed by Major General Lucky Irabor, the deputy theatre
commander for Operation Lafiya Dole — the codename for ongoing
counter-insurgency operation in North-East Nigeria — stated that gallant
troops around the Mafa roadblock, shot one of the terrorists dead,
while another detonated and in the process killed the third suicide
Irabor stated that in furtherance of the ongoing offensive operations
to clear Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, army troops on 17th
January, conducted a clearance operation at Shentimari general area and
cleared Boko Haram enclaves as well as recovered 78 rounds of 7.62mm
He said that the troops on 18 January, similarly encountered and
destroyed terrorists camps along Jillam, Bula Butube general areas
during which 10 terrorists were killed while 2 AK47 Rifles, 2 AK47
magazines, 2 solar panels and 2 GSM handsets were recovered. One Isuzu
vehicle was destroyed during the encounter.
Irabor listed other army operations in the region during the week,
including the interception of 10 Boko Haram suspects from Bego,
Mesemarri and Bale villages carrying bags containing food condiments,
soaps, and other items. The suspects are said to be undergoing
According to the Operation Lafiya Dole deputy theatre commander, an
attack on Wednesday by Boko Haram on old Marte town was repelled by
soldiers which resulted in the death of 21 terrorists, while 3 soldiers
were wounded during the encounter.
Irabor stated that one Anti Aircraft Gun, 10 AK47 rifles,1 FN rifle,7
x 60mm mortar bombs, 342 rounds of 12.7mm, 507 rounds of 7.62mm
ammunitions, 1 Toyota Hilux, 1 Land Cruiser vehicle, 1 Improvised
Explosive Device with charger were captured from the terrorists.
More weapons were recovered from the terrorists on Thursday after a
failed ambush attack on troops advancing to clear Dure village. In the
same vein, at least 370 hostages were rescued from Boko Haram in an
encounter at Kudiye, Mijigeteand taken to the camp for internally
displaced persons (IDP) at Dikwa.
The Theatre Commander, Major General Hassan Umaru has commended the
efforts of the troops while urging the public to be more vigilant and
security conscious at all times.
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