The troops of the Nigerian Army have foiled a
planned suicide attack by the Boko Haram sect, resulting in the death of scores
of suicide bombers in Borno State.
The acting Director, Army Public Relations Unit,
Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Tuesday that the troops foiled the
suicide attempt at a checkpoint in Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area of the
He said that the troops in addition, stopped the
eight suicide bombers who drove to the checkpoint in a Bedford van loaded with
Improvised Explosive Devices and suicide vests.
Usman said that the suicide bombers blew themselves
up while resisting the directive of the soldiers to screen the vehicle.
However, the statement was silent on whether the
military suffered any casualty or not.
“The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at a checkpoint
in Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State at about 9.15am today,
foiled a suicide attack on Gubio town by eight Boko Haram terrorists.
“The suicide bombers, who came in a Bedford van
loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices, attempted to force their way through
the checkpoint but met a stiff resistance from troops, who insisted that the
vehicle must be thoroughly checked.
“The suicide bombers refused and blew up themselves
by detonating one of the suicide vests, killing all the eight Boko Haram
terrorists in the van.” the statement read.
Meanwhile, a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party
under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi has condemned the multiple bomb
attacks in Borno State, which occurred on Saturday and Sunday.
It described the attacks, which took place in
Maiduguri, killing about six people on Saturday, as unfortunate.
It also said that the ambush of some troops the
following day in Damboa, Borno State, by the Boko Haram sect, was barbaric.