Boko Haram: Army stops 9 terrorists from bombing Maiduguri

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He said the terrorists, numbering nine, were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and (a) Hilux vehicle laden with 20 improvised explosive devices

The military has foiled a plot by the Boko Haram terrorists to attack Maiduguri, Borno capital, with powerful assault rifles and home-made bombs.

The spokesman for the Nigerian army, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, November 16.

He said the terrorists, numbering nine, were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and (a) Hilux vehicle laden with 20 improvised explosive devices, which were “meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city.”

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When questioned by the AFP whether the militants were arrested, Usman refused to comment further, but he quipped saying; “We will let you know at the conclusion (of a preliminary investigation) what exactly they wanted to do.”

Boko Haram was founded in 2002 in Maiduguri and has been repeatedly targeted during the Islamist militants’ bloody, six-year insurgency.

At least 265 people have been killed in a wave of suicide and bomb attacks in the city since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power on May 29, vowing the crush the militants.