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PHOTOS: Nigerian troops avert major suicide attack in Gamboru, kill 2 would-be bombers

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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Gamboru Ngala have successfully averted suicide attack by three female Boko Haram terrorists in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State in the early hours of Tuesday.

Nigerian Army said the attack would have been devastating, had the terrorists succeeded.

Spokesman for the Operation Lafiya Dole, Onyema Nwachukwu, said two of the would-be suicide bombers, strapped with suicide vests had attempted infiltrating Gamboru town at about 6.45 am when they were sighted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and Civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.

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“They were halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests, to which they vehemently declined.

“All efforts and entreaties by the patrol team to make the suicide bombers remove their IED vests failed as the duo adamantly approached the troops armed with their IED vests. They were immediately neutralised by the troops, while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) safely unstrapped and detonated the suicide vests.

A third female suicide bomber was detected and intercepted within the same general area and subsequently confessed to the joint patrol that she and the other two terrorists had been dispatched at about 3.30 am on Tuesday to unleash mayhem on Gamboru town.

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“She also revealed the location she had hid her suicide vest and led the troops to recover it. The recovered vests and the surviving suicide bomber have been taken into custody for further interrogations.

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“We call on the general public to be more alert and vigilant, while going about their daily activities in their various communities to detect suspicious persons and inform the security agencies accordingly,” Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel, added.

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