Troops rescue 8 on Birni-Gwari road

Suicide bomber kills one, injures 4 in Borno

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that troops deployed on Operation Idon Raini have rescued eight hostages kidnapped on Maganda Sofo-Birnin Gwari road.
Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, said in a statement that the hostages were rescued during a clearance operation by the troops on Saturday.
The rescued hostages, according to Chukwu, were three men, two women,and three children.
He said some items, including a Volkswagen Golf car, a trailer, and two boxes of clothes, were recovered during the operation.
Chukwu also said troops on another operation recovered a motorcycle supposedly abandoned by bandits while sighting the troops’ movement towards their direction.
Meanwhile, a male suicide bomber strapped with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has killed one Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and injured four others at a security formation at Baga road area in Maiduguri.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations in the state, Wakil Maye, who confirmed the incident yesterday in Maiduguri, said the incident occurred around 1a.m.
Maye said the bomber was intercepted by the CJTF, who sighted the bomber from a distance.
“When he couldn’t reach his target, he quickly detonated the explosives, killing himself, one civilian JTF and injuring four others,” he said.
He said the police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team were deployed to sanitise the scene.
Spokesperson of the CJTF, Bello Danbatta, also confirmed that one of its members was killed by the suicide bomber while defending his country.
Danbatta said the bomber was targeting Muslim faithful performing midnight prayers of the last 10 days of Ramadan.
He said the injured were evacuated to the state specialist hospital for medication, while the male deceased was handed over to his family for burial.

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