SUICIDE VBIED ATTACK ON MILITARY CHECKPOINT AT GWOZA; 3 NIGERIAN SOLDIERS KILLED, 3 OTHERS INJURED

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
June 23, 2014
Kano:

A suicide bomber on Monday rammed his car into a military checkpoint in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state near the border with Cameroon killing three soldiers in an attack blamed on Boko Haram Islamists, residents said. Three other soldiers were also injured in the early morning attack in Gwoza town, a resident, Dahiru Yunusa, told AFP.

“It was a suicide attack by a man believed to be a Boko Haram (member)who drove his car into the checkpoint and killed three soldiers,” Yunusa said.”The huge blast which was heard throughout the town.”

The attack in Gwoza, 100 kilometres from state capital Maiduguri, happened when the bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint outside a secondary school in the town that has come under repeated attack by the insurgents, leaving dozens dead.

It occurred around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) but the news of the incident took several hours to emerge due to the area’s poor telephone network following the destruction of telecom masts in previous Boko Haram attacks.

Musa Buzu, another resident who gave a similar account, said the military cordoned off the scene of the blast until 4:00 pm. Residents thronged the scene to look at the mangled remains of the car used by the suicide bomber, Buzu said.

“The town was still asleep when the suicide bomber attacked the checkpoint with a deafening explosion that awoke the whole town,” he said. Military spokesmen were not available to comment on the attack.

Last month, the traditional monarch of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, was killed when Boko Haram gunmen ambushed the convoy of three emirs on their way to the funeral of another influential emir.

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4 Responses to SUICIDE VBIED ATTACK ON MILITARY CHECKPOINT AT GWOZA; 3 NIGERIAN SOLDIERS KILLED, 3 OTHERS INJURED

  1. beegeagle says:

    In a manner of speaking, Gwoza and Chibok lie nextdoor to each other. So I am thinking that this suicide attack carried out on Monday was launched to avenge the deaths of over 70 terrorists wiped out by Nigerian forces on Sunday as they sought to reach their hideouts in the Sambisa Forest.

  2. beegeagle says:

    30 killed, 60 children, women abducted in Nigeria village attacks

    LAGOS, June 24 (Xinhua) — At least 30 people have been killed and 60 others abducted following attacks on four villages in northeast Nigeria by suspected militant Boko Haram group, fleeing residents told Xinhua on Tuesday.

    Some residents of Kummabza, a remote community in Damboa Local Government, told Xinhua on phone that “many of their children and women have been taken away” following a raid on their village last weekend.”They shot sporadically and took away many of our children and wives,” a resident who preferred to be anonymous said.

    Moses Mbaya, another resident, said the insurgents also attacked
    Gurdlagwal, Yafa and Yaza villages in Damboa and Askira Uba Local Governments in Borno. Local officials declined to confirm or comment on the incident. Modu Mustapha, Secretary of Damboa Local Government, said he was not authorized to speak on the matter. The separate attacks took place last Thursday through Friday and Saturday, a security source said.

    He also said four men suspected to be Boko Haram informant were
    apprehended at Lassa while buying large quantity of foodstuffs
    believed to be for Boko Haram fighters in hideouts.

  3. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga, we need eyes in the sky sooner

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