The file photo shows soldiers standing by the road in Damboa, Borno state, northeastern Nigeria. (AFP)
thwarted a bomb attack by three women from the Takfiri Boko Haram
terrorist group in the country’s troubled northeast, military sources
Nigerian Army Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a
statement that troops fatally shot two of the female attackers early
Tuesday on the outskirts of the town of Monguno in Borno state, a
stronghold of Boko Haram.
assailants were gunned down as they tried to detonate their explosives
near people who have fled their homes because of ongoing fighting and
violence, the military official added.
Usman said the third female attacker blew herself up in a different area where no one was harmed.
least two civilians were injured after some of the explosives detonated
even though the attackers had been shot, the military official said.
a separate incident, the Nigerian military killed four suspected
militants in an ambush early Tuesday in the Kukawa area of the same
Boko Haram started its campaign of militancy in 2009 with
the aim of toppling the central government in Nigeria. It has so far
taken the lives of at least 20,000 people and forced over 2.5 million
others from their homes.
The group has pledged allegiance to the Daesh Takfiri terrorists operating mainly in Syria and Iraq.
Boko Haram has spread its attacks from northeastern Nigeria into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.