The Nigerian Army has said its troops killed two teenage female suicide bombers on Saturday night when attempting to sneak into Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The bombers were said to be wearing explosive vests hidden under their clothes.
An eyewitness said the incident took place in Maiduguri at about 9 p.m. on Saturday.
He said the explosive vests retrieved from the bodies of the dead girls, both in their late teens, were safely detonated.
“It happened at about 8.45 p.m., when two female suicide bombers, about 18 years of age, attempted to enter Maiduguri through Umarari in Molai General area about 9km to Maiduguri township. .
“They were sighted by the Civilian-JTF and consequently shot dead by security personnel on duty at the area.
“No other loss of life or injury was recorded. The police EOD (explosive ordinance department) team was mobilized to the scene to render the unexploded IED safe, while normalcy has been restored to the area.”
Hours before the interception of the two suicide bombers, troops gunned down a Boko Haram kingpin during an operation that led to the rescue of 211 civilian captives from a Boko Haram camp.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Brig-General Sani Usman, confirmed the development in a statement, Sunday.
He said: “Following reported sighting of Boko Haram terrorists scavenging in some villages in northern Borno State, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with Civilian JTF, on Saturday embarked on fighting patrol to Cingal, Murye and Mala Maja villages and cleared them of the terrorists”, he said.
“During an encounter, the troops neutralised one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered 11 bicycles. The patrol team also rescued 211 civilians held captive by Boko Haram terrorists at Murye and Mala Maja village.
“In addition, the patrol team escorted 2 heavy duty trucks and 18 pickup vans to recover Internally Displaced Persons’ foodstuff from Mala Maja.
“The rescued persons are currently being screened”.