- The Nigerian security agencies have successfully continued to foil bombings by Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast
- The Nigerian Air Force recorded another success as it foiled a bomb attack by Boko Haram at the University of Maiduguri
- Except for the bomber, there was no reported fatality
Special forces of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in conjunction with some Nigerian army troops, successfully foiled a bombing attack by Boko Haram terrorists at the University of Maiduguri, Borno state on the night of Sunday, April 8.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by NAF's spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, the terrorists tried to gain access into the university but were quickly detected by the NAF special forces.
“The vest on one of the suici*e bombers detonated before they could gain access into the hostel, leading to a commotion. However, there was no reported fatality except for the bomber, whose counterparts immediately fled, when the NAF special forces and the NA troops opened fire on them,” part of the statement said.
The NAF Agusta Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) then went in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists, following which an additional suici*e bomber was identified and neutralized.
Legit.ng gathered that the NAF Agusta LUH was still searching for the other fleeing terrorists as at the time of filing this report.
Members of the populace, especially around the university premises were informed by the armed forces to be very vigilant as the search continues.
In a related development, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday, April 6, neutralised suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Barkin Dutse area of Adamawa state following a distress call from hunters.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the director army public relations, Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, the terrorists on sighting the troops opened fire which resulted in exchange of fire.
“Five Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized while some escaped into nearby caves during the encounter. Also, one hunter lost his life during the operation,” the statement said.
Items recovered include 5 AK 47 rifles and 5 magazines loaded with 22 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition.
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