Nigerian Army said on its Friday Alert that vigilant troops of 7 Division Garrison based in Maiduguri and members of Civilian JTF averted a suicide attack on the people of Borno State when they successfully intercepted two suicide bombers.
Colonel Sani Usman, acting Director, Army Public Relations said in a statement that troops intercepted two female suicide bombers at about 1:20am almost 100 metres south of Umurari village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State on Friday.
According to him, one of the suicide bombers on sighting own troops detonated her explosive device, killing herself instantly, while the second bomber in an attempt to escape was gunned down by one of the Garrison snipers.
He added that following the incident, combined team of Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army’s Explosive Ordinance Device team safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices strapped on the gunned down suicide bomber.
The Army Public Relations chief said there was no casualty beyond the two suicide bombers while troops and members of Civilian JTF deployed in the village are now combing the general area to forestall further breach of security.
He added that the area is calm and law abiding citizens are going about their normal activities without fear.