Nigerian Troops Intercept Another Suicide Bomber Near Maiduguri

(FILES) This picture taken on April 30, 2013 shows Nigerian troops patrolling in the streets of the remote northeast town of Baga, Borno State. Nigeria's military said on May 16, 2013 that it was ready to launch air strikes against Boko Haram Islamists as several thousand troops moved to the remote northeast to retake territory seized by the insurgents. A force of "several thousand" soldiers along with fighter jets and helicopter gunships have been deployed for the offensive in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state, he added. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEIPIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
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The troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army Garrison in conjunction with the ever dedicated Civilian JTF maintaining security and vigilance averted yet another attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash suicide bomber into the community of Sulaimanti, outskirts of Maiduguri city early monday.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said the terrorist carrying Improvised Explosive Device (IED), attempted to attack worshippers at Sulaimanti mosque during early morning prayers.

Usman stated that the terrorists was however, prevented from gaining access to the mosque.

Unfortunately, he said, five civilians sustained injuries during the failed attempt.

He said: “A team of Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) have successfully detonated the remaining IEDs and combed the area.

“The injured had since been evacuated to the hospital while troops and security agents have intensified patrol within the general area.”

Usman further stated that the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brig-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, has also visited the community shortly after the incident.

According to him, Ezugwu commiserated with the affected community and reminded them of their civic responsibility to arrest or report suspected persons who usually reconnoitre their domain before carrying out suicide attacks and reassure them of the military and security agencies’ commitment to their safety and security.


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