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Suspected Terrorists Launch Fresh Offensives In Borno; As Troops Disclaim Attacks

By Mustapha Abdul Salaam

Suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram and soldiers, Sunday evening launched attacks and counter in some communities, including Aladuwari village, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The first attack by the insurgents in the village, about two kilometers away from Maiduguri, occurred around 6pm.

Two hours later, two suspected female suicide bombers, detonated explosive device, around a private school, belonging to FOMWAN and located in Jiddari area, also in Maiduguri.

There were also deadly attacks, including shooting and suicide bombing in Bakasi layout of Maiduguri. The attacks claimed many lives while several were injured.

While reacting to the late Sunday attacks, Spokesperson of the Operation Lafiya Dole, of the Nigeria Army, Col. Mustapha Anka, countered that the blasts that occurred were not suicide bombings, rather, controlled explosions by anti-bomb operatives.

Col. Anka explained that on Sunday evening, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, intercepted and destroyed 10 suspected Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers at the outskirts of Maiduguri city.

The Army Spokesman informed: “contrary to earlier media reports and rumours flying around, 2 Boko Haram terrorists suspected suicide bombers earlier intercepted by vigilant troops disclosed their colleagues’ intent to enter the city with the aim of detonating bombs in selected public places”.
Sequel to this, Col. Anka stated that the troops laid ambush on the terrorists suspected routes along Damboa road and eliminated them, adding that the suicide bombers were intercepted in three different locations approaching the city, including Ajiri area towards Damboa road, High Court axis and the Eye Hospital Area.
“The Explosive Ordinance Device team has been mobilized and they are combing the general area as well as clearing the debris. Normalcy has been restored to the general area and the public are please advised to go about their normal businesses and social activities. However, it is important to maintain more vigilance” the special operation team added.

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