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Sunday, 1 April 2018

11 reportedly killed in Boko Haram attacks in Borno during Easter celebration

To some residents of two villages of Malumti and Muna Zawiya village and Mafa local dovernment area of Borno state, Easter celebration holiday is said to be their mourning period after losing their beloved loves in separate attacks launched by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Vanguard reports that no fewer than four members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, four bombers and three civilians were reportedly left dead in the attack that took place on Friday evening, March 31.

According to a press statement signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director, public relations, Theatre Command, 'Operation Lafiya Dole, ''he four insurgents who had been routed out of the Sambisa Forest by troops in Operation Deep Punch II, were rummaging for food and logistics when they met their waterloo.

''The gallant troops recovered a Toyota Land Cruiser, one AK 47 Rifle, 15 Rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and one magazine. Troops also recovered 47 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, from the insurgents.

''In another development, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed at a checkpoint ahead of Muna Zawiya in the outskirts of Maiduguri, yesterday, neutralised four bombers comprising a male and three females.

''The bombers were attempting to infiltrate the Maiduguri Metropolis through Muna Zawiya area at about 9.30 pm but were spotted by vigilant troops, who fired shots hitting one of them and thereby triggering a simultaneous explosion killing all the four bombers. "Regrettably, however, 18 persons were injured in the incident.

The wounded have been evacuated for medical attention. Meanwhile, troops and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force are presently conducting cordon and search operation in the area for any other bomber lurking around.

But available information obtained from residents so far, revealed that the four blasts were said to be carried out by the bombers leading to the killing of three civilians, apart from the 4 bombers.

18 others sustained various degrees of injuries as well as 5 sheep's killed during the blasts. The injured persons are currently responding to treatment at specialist hospital Maiduguri.
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