4 SUSPECTED SUICIDE BOMBERS DIE IN MAIDUGURI AS SOLDIERS OPEN FIRE TO FORESTALL ATTACK ; 5 SOLDIERS WOUNDED

Troops of the Nigerian Army’s 7 Division deployed operationally in Borno advance with an Otokar Cobra APC in the lead.

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NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
1 April, 2014
Abuja

Military authorities on Tuesday said four persons believed to be terrorists/suicide bombers had died in Maiduguri. The authorities said the suspected bombers were heading to NNPC facility on Maiduguri-Damboa Road when they died in their vehicles laden with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)

This information is contained in a
statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Defense Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade. The statement said the explosions that led to their death took place at Mule on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

According to the statement, three of the four explosive-laden vehicles were demobilised by shots fired at them by soldiers at the checkpoint shortly before the explosions that rocked the area. The statement said that occupants of the vehicles were killed in the explosions.

“Five soldiers were wounded while the civilian casualties are yet to be
determined”, the statement said, adding that more details of the incident would be released later.

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3 Responses to 4 SUSPECTED SUICIDE BOMBERS DIE IN MAIDUGURI AS SOLDIERS OPEN FIRE TO FORESTALL ATTACK ; 5 SOLDIERS WOUNDED

  1. beegeagle says:

    21 killed in Nigeria multiple explosions: military

    by Olatunji Saliu
    ABUJA, April 2 (Xinhua)

    A total of 21 people died in multiple explosions which occurred Tuesday after security operatives in northeast Nigeria’s Borno State demobilized three of four vehicles laden with improvised explosive devises (IEDs), authorities of the military in the West African country said on Wednesday.

    In a statement made available to Xinhua, Chris Olukolade, spokesman of the Nigerian military, said 15 civilians and six terrorists died in the incident. A member of the youth volunteer force, which has the mandate of combating the insurgents in their neighborhood, was among the dead casualties, he said.

    Eight vehicles were also destroyed in the incident, while 17 people, including five soldiers, sustained injuries.

    On Tuesday, a statement by the military
    disclosed that four terrorists died in the
    explosions which occurred in Mulai, a
    densely populated area along Maiduguri-Damboa road, on the outskirts of
    Maiduguri, capital of the restive northern state, which also serves as headquarters of the ruthless Boko Haram sect. The terrorists were probably heading to attack a facility of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the state when security operatives at a checkpoint opened fire on them.

    Xinhua gathered on Wednesday morning that the incident has crippled business activities and halted human and vehicular traffic in Mulai, which is about five km away from Maiduguri. A team of security operatives, comprising of mobile policemen and soldiers, had cordoned off the area immediately after the incident.

    More troops are being deployed to the
    area, to scrutinize the identities of road
    users and passersby and ensure that
    normalcy returns to the place, said a
    military source. Distraught residents are
    still counting their losses while bereaved families are preparing to bury the dead,added another source.

    No group has claimed responsibility for
    the attack, although residents are
    blaming it on the Boko Haram sect which has proved to be a major security threat in the West African country since 2009.

  2. jimmy says:

    May the souls of the civilians rest in peace.

  3. WachanGuy says:

    My ogas, I saw a BBC piece that makes me wonder if the office of the DDI shouldn’t do the same or similar to help boost civilian morale for this fight. Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/2014/newsspec_6954/index.html

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