On Saturday, two female suicide bombers were shot dead by troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole as they attempted to sneak into Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
The two girls reportedly in their late teens were killed around 8:45pm as they tried sneaking into the state capital through Umarari in Molai General area wearing explosive vests hidden under their cloths.
“It happened at about 8.45 p.m., when two female suicide bombers, about 18 years of age, attempted to enter Maiduguri through Umarari in Molai General area about 9km to Maiduguri township”, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“They were sighted by the Civilian-JTF and consequently shot dead by security personnel on duty at the area.
“No other loss of life or injury was recorded. The police EOD (explosive ordinance department) team was mobilized to the scene to render the unexploded IED safe, while normalcy has been restored to the area.”
On the same day, just hours before the interception of the two female suicide bombers, the Nigerian Army shot and killed a Boko Haram kingpin during an operation at Murye and Mala Maja village where about 211 civilians under the terrorist captivity were rescued.
According to the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, he said that;
“Following reported sighting of Boko Haram terrorists scavenging in some villages in northern Borno State, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with Civilian JTF, on Saturday embarked on fighting patrol to Cingal, Murye and Mala Maja villages and cleared them of the terrorists”, he said.
“During an encounter, the troops neutralised one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered 11 bicycles. The patrol team also rescued 211 civilians held captive by Boko Haram terrorists at Murye and Mala Maja village.
“In addition, the patrol team escorted 2 heavy duty trucks and 18 pickup vans to recover Internally Displaced Persons’ foodstuff from Mala Maja.
“The rescued persons are currently being screened”.