Nigerian Air Force Special Forces Foil Suicide Bombing Attempt at University of Maiduguri

Nigerian Air Force Special Forces Foil Suicide Bombing Attempt at UNIMAID

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reported that it’s Special Forces in conjunction with some Nigerian Army (NA) troops, successfully foiled a suicide bombing attack by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at University of Maiduguri, Borno State, last night (Sunday, April 8, 2018).

A press release signed by Air Vice Marshall  Olatokunbo Adesanya, Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force, states that: “The BHT suicide bombers tried to gain access into the University but were quickly detected by the NAF Special Forces. Meanwhile, the vest on one of the suicide bombers detonated before they could gain access into the hostel, leading to a commotion.”

“However, there was no reported fatality except for the suicide bomber, whose counterparts immediately fled, when the NAF Special Forces and the NA troops opened fire on them. The NAF Agusta Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) then went in pursuit of the fleeing BHTs, following which an additional suicide bomber was identified and neutralized. The NAF Agusta LUH was still searching for the other fleeing BHTs as at the time of filing this report.”

The press release requests members of the public especially those around the University premises to be very vigilant.

In a similar development, Nigeria’s military authorities have reported that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol in Konduga have intercepted and neutralised two suicide bombers who attempted infiltrating Mandanari Community in Konduga, Borno State. The incident reportedly happened last Saturday (April 7, 2018).

A statement signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, states that: “The two suicide bombers strapped with suicide vests were sneaking into the community at about 8.00 pm, when they were sighted by vigilant troops, who challenged them from a safe distance. The patrol engaged them as they refused halting and ran towards the community, detonating their suicide vests. Only the suicide bombers died in the incident, while three persons who sustained minor injuries have received medical attention.”

Cornelius Ellah
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