The Army said two suicide bombers were killed and five civilian joint task force members were on Saturday night killed when the explosive vest of one of the bombers exploded.
The Army said the presence of troops of 195 battalion as they attempted to enter Muna Garage unsettled the bombers who detonated the vest, killing both of them and injuring the CJTF.
The statement contained in the Nigerian Army facebook handle said,”Two Suicide Bombers (Male and Female) on a mission to infiltrate Muna Garage Maiduguri, hurriedly detonated one of their suicide vests on sighting troops of 195 Battalion on patrol at about 8 P.M on 1 December 2018.
“The patrol team quickly moved to the scene and discovered it was only the female suicide bombers’ vest that was detonated, killing herself and the male suicide bomber.
“Unfortunately, five members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on duty at the market were injured in the explosion.
“Subsequently, the area was cordoned off and the Explosive Ordinance Device Team were drafted to defuse the other unexploded vest, while Borno State Emergency Management Agency and the Red-cross evacuated the mutilated body parts of the suicide bombers.
“The wounded persons were rushed to 7 Division Hospital for medical attention.”
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