- Three suicide bombers trying to infiltrate Maiduguri were killed on Friday night
- One of the bombers was shot which forced the detonation of the explosive strapped to his body
- It also forced the explosives strapped to the other two bombers to detonate and they were killed instantly
- The Borno state police has confirmed the killing of the three bombers
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No fewer than three suicide bombers were killed by the military on Friday, August 5, at Simari area of Maiduguri.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred at Simari, outskirt of Maiduguri at about 10p.m. when a male and two female suicide bombers tried to infiltrate the town.
The attack came barely 16 hours after dogs foiled attempt by two suicide bombers who tried to hit a hospital at Moloi area of Maiduguri.
A witness, Amin Audu, said that the insurgents took advantage of the night to gain access into Maiduguri.
Audu said that the insurgents were intercepted by military personnel deployed to the area, who neutralised there attempts.
He said that the soldiers shot the male suicide bomber, forcing the explosive strapped to his body to detonate.
“The powerful blast also made the explosives strapped to the other ladies to detonate and killing them instantly,” he said.
According to him, two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) also sustained various degrees of injuries from the blast.
Malam Abdullahi Danbatta, the spokesman of the CJTF, confirmed that two of their members were wounded in the attacks.
Confirming the attack, Victor Isuzu, the Borno Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said that the incident occurred at about 21.49 p.m., when three suicide bombers, a male and two females attempted to penetrate Usmanti Community in Mafa LGA.
“The suicide bombers were chased by security personnel in the ensuing stampede and in an attempt to escape arrest, the suicide bombers hurriedly detonated the IEDs strapped on their bodies killing themselves.
“However, two members of the security personnel sustained injuries and were rushed to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. Police and EOD personnel visited the scene to secure and render the area safe,” he said.
Though the Buhari-led government claims that Boko Haram has been defeated, there have been several bomb attacks in the last months.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Boko Haram insurgents attacked and abducted some officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and members of staff of UNIMAID undertaking a research project concerning oil exploration in Borno.
Three lecturers from the University of Maiduguri and three others on the oil exploration team in the Lake Chad Basin were later reported dead.
In reaction, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo condemned the appalling ambush, attack and abduction of soldiers, and civilians who were carrying out their duties to the Nation in the Lake Chad Basin Frontier Exploration.
In a statement released by Laolu Akande, a senior special assistant on media and publicity in the office of the Acting President, Osinbajo also assured Nigerians that the government was doing all within its powers to ensure that the attacks stop.
In the video below, Nigerian Air Force gives an update on operations against Boko Haram in 2017.