Thursday, 24 August 2017

Boko Haram: 2 killed, 11 injured in suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri | 68 insurgents surrender to troops in Borno

The Police Command in Borno has said two persons were killed while 11 others have sustained injuries in a suicide bomb attack at Muna Garage area of Maiduguri.

ASP Murtala Ibrahim, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in a statement said a male suicide bomber targeted an armoured vehicle of the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and detonated the explosive strapped to his body.

He said that the explosive blew up the insurgent and killed one other person, while four policemen and seven other persons sustained various degrees of injury.

“Today at about 13:45 a male suicide bomber with IED strapped on his body, moved toward SARS Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) patrol team at Muna Garage area.

“In an attempt to shoot him down, the IED exploded killing the bomber. An unidentified person was also killed in the explosion, while seven civilians and four SARS personnel were injured.

“The armoured vehicle suffered damage as a result of the blast,” Ibrahim said.

According to him, the victims have been referred to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for treatment.

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said 68 Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered to troop in Borno.

Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said in a statement released, in Maiduguri.

He said coordinated air and land offensive against the insurgents has been intensified.

“Air and artillery bombardments were backed by long range patrols and ambushes targeted at preventing fleeing Boko Haram insurgents from escaping and also denying them access to logistics supply,” he said.

Nwachukwu said the attacks forced them to surrender.

“In their testimonies, the insurgents revealed that most of their enclaves are untenable which made life unbearable for them.

“The relentless offensive forced many of them to surrender to the troops.

“Those who surrendered are currently undergoing rehabilitation and deradicalisation process under the Federal Government’s Safe Corridor operation.

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