Nigerian troops fighting the extremist Boko Haram sect have suffered major setbacks, the terror group killed eight soldiers and wounded 11 others in two separate attacks. The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition. The first incident, in Borno State, occurred when over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the military base. The terrorist, had five gun trucks and artillery guns, The Nigerian troops fought back, but were dislodged from their location after about an hour of fierce battle. Five soldiers were killed in action while nine others were seriously injured. Four other soldiers are yet to be found. The army is currently lamenting the loss of their equipment, arms and ammunition in the incident, the terrorists also carted away 16 AK47 rifles, one HF radio, two rocket-propelled grenades, two 60MM mortals and all the reserved ammunition and drugs in the base.
Two teenage female suicide bombers have been shot dead by troops as they tried to sneak into the city of Maiduguri. The two were wearing explosive vests under their clothes when they were shot dead Saturday night. It resoned a deafening explosion in Maiduguri, but it was only the result of the detonation of the bomb. Apart from the two girls ( who where in their late teens) no one else died nor has been injuried. In the same day, Nigeria Army has shot down a Boko Haram kingpin too, in this operation 211 captive civilians has been rescued. Suicide bombing by teenage girls it’s a typical Boko Haram strategy strategy. Since two years over 200 such teenage girls have lost their lives helping Boko Haram to attack both military and civil populations around north-east Nigeria and less than ten of them survived the mission. One of the girls that recently reneged on the mission by refusing to detonate her explosive told security operatives that they are made to believe that the explosives would not harm them. She said they were told that they would disappear to a safe haven where they would be married to handsome husbands of their choice and then live an eternal life of happiness.
As the military offensive continues in the North-east, about 30 suspected members of Boko Haram were believed to have met their waterloo in the hands of Nigerian troops, when they attempted to ambush a convoy of local government officials and travellers along Bama road after Nguro-Soye in Borno State. Troops from 121 Task Force Battalion, Pulka were escorting local government officials from Pulka to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, when the incident occurred on Saturday morning. The terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device and followed it with sporadic gunshots which were immediately repelled by the gallant troops.