20 persons killed in multiple suicide bomb attacks — DHQ

20 persons killed in multiple suicide bomb attacks — DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed that 20 individuals, including a soldier and two members of hybrid forces, were killed in suicide bombing attacks in Gwoza, Borno State, last Saturday.

Additionally, 52 others sustained various injuries and are currently receiving treatment at hospitals across the state.

Major General Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations (DMO), conveyed this information in a statement, where he urged Nigerians to stand united, remain vigilant, and continue supporting the armed forces in their efforts to ensure a secure and peaceful future.

General Buba also reassured the public that the terrorists responsible for these acts of insecurity will face swift and decisive action from the troops, who are determined to eliminate them from the battlefield.

The statement reads: “Over the weekend, troops of Joint Task Force OP HADIN KAI in the NE theatre recorded a series of reprehensible terror attacks in Gworza LGA of Borno State.

The coordinated attacks comprised of multiple Person Bourne Improvised Explosive Device ( PBIED), otherwise known as suicide bombings.

“All the attacks took place on Saturday, 29 June 2024. The first was recorded at about 1500hrs, when a female suicide bomber disguised as a beggar invaded a wedding reception at Mararaba Hausari Street and detonated Improvised Explosive Device.

“Thereafter, at about 1700hrs, while efforts was on to stabilized and move casualities of the initial explosion to hospital for further treatment. There was a second detonation from another female suicide bomber. The second explosion was on the same street and in close proximity to the first explosion.

“Troops immediately imposed a curfew on the community in order to get members of the community indoors and prevent further casualties. However, while troops and hybrid forces were enforcing the curfew a third explosion was recorded.

“The third explosion targeted the troops enforcing the curfew. The troops were attacked from behind by a third lady strapped with IED vest. The explosion killed a soldier and two members of hybrid forces.

“The fourth incident was averted when the suspect was identified early enough and she detonated the bomb prematurely whereby she became the only casualty. On the whole, 20 persons were killed while 52 sustained various degree of injuries and receiving treatment.

“The armed forces views every life lost as a result of the ongoing war, whether civilian or military, as an immense tragedy. The sad loss of lifes are a tragedy for the society, community and the nation. Accordingly, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen CG MUSA, officers and members of the armed forces, we express our condolences even as we mourn with all who have lost loved ones. We also commiserate with all victims needing healing and recovery.

“Given that we are in a state of war, it must be recognized that this despicable act is a response to recent successes in ongoing military operations. Indeed, our recent operations has decapitated the leadership of the terrorists, depleted their resources, reduced their support base and reduced their influence.

“Clearly, the terrorist embarked on these cowardly attacks against innocent citizens to project an image of strength to cover their weakness and decline. Citizen must see through the smoke screen of the terrorist. We must realize that, the terrorist aims to counter the reports of their weakness and create panic in the general population.

“The military is aware that in this phase of their ending life-cycle, the terrorist are desperate to attract attention, bolster relevancy, mobilise new recruits, reduce support for the armed forces and reduce support for the government.

“Accordingly, we call on citizens to stand united, remain vigilant, and continue to support efforts of the armed forces to ensure a secure and peaceful future. The fate of the terrorists that perpetrated these insecurity will be violent and short as troops will stop at nothing to take them out of the battlefield.”

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