Three female Boko Haram suicide bombers were gunned down by Nigerian troops at about 6.15am on Monday, July 4, in Monguno town, Borno State, while they were getting ready to attack internally displaced persons (IDPs).
According to the military, the innocent Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were fetching water at a borehole located about 3 kilometres on the outskirts of Monguno town along Marte Road, when the three female Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers attempted to attack but were detected and gunned them down immediately by the Nigeria troop.
The statement signed by the acting director army public relations,Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usma, read:
“Today (yesterday) at about 6.15 am, three female Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers attempted to attack innocent Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fetching water at a borehole located about 3 kilometres on the outskirts of Monguno town along Marte Road.
“Our vigilant troops detected and gunned them down, killing two instantly. The third suicide bomber that followed a different route, detonated some distance before troops deployment along the same road at about 7.10am.”
He however added that the explosive they were strapped with exploded and injured two civilians nearby. The injured persons have been evacuated and are receiving medical attention at the 8 Task Force Division’s medical facility.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian troops of 118 Task Force Battalion, 8 Task Force Division were said to have sprang a surprised ambush on some elements of Boko Haram terrorists along Gerere junction in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State early yesterday morning.
They recovered 48 jerry cans containing 1,440 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and Automotive Gas Oil (diesel), eight motorcycles, out of which two were destroyed, 21 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, two AK-47 rifles, an unprimed improvised explosive device and a 36 Henagar hand grenade, as well as assorted drugs.