Briefing journalists on Friday, the deputy commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, Brigadier General Lucky Irabor, said the three suicide bombers were intercepted while trying to get passage into Maiduguri.
He said, “The three suicide bombers, two females and a male, attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri but were intercepted by vigilant men a kilometre ahead of the town, along Mafa road.”
He added that one of the bombers on sighting the troops detonated the bomb on her, getting killed in the process alongside the other bomber.
He added that in the last one week other successes were recorded by the Nigerian troops fighting the insurgency in the North-East.
He said in furtherance of the ongoing offensive operations to clear Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, on January 17 troops conducted a clearance operation at Shentimari general area and cleared Boko Haram enclaves and recovered 78 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
He said, “Similarly, on January 18 at Chukun Gudu, troops encountered and destroyed terrorist’s camps along Jillam, Bula Butube general areas. During the exchange of fire, 10 terrorists were killed, two AK47 rifles, two AK47 magazines, two solar panels and two GSM handsets were recovered, while one Isuzu vehicle was destroyed.