Residents of Maiduguri slept in fear on Tuesday night as the sound of explosion was heard in all corners of the city.
There was no less than six powerful explosions heard between 10:45 and 11:00pm in the town that has been frequently attacked by Boko Haram in the last six years.
According to some residents of the town, four explosives were detonated simultaneously while two other powerful sounds were also heard some 15 minutes later.
Due to the might of the explosions, some building were shaken, further sending fear to residents who thought the town was under attack.
Confirming the incident in Wednesday, the spokesman of the Army, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said: “Troops of 251 Battalion, 7 Division Nigerian Army on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Dala village on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at about 10.00pm intercepted a suspected suicide bomber who attempted to cross through their forward defences.”
He added that: “Upon several challenges and warning shots the suspect refused to halt. The suspect who still continued to approach towards the troops location was immediately neutralized.
“The Borno State Emergency Management Agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross have since been contacted to evacuate the suspect remains.”
He said: “It will be recalled that three days ago, on Sunday 16th July 2017, our troops deployed at Mammanti, also averted another catastrophe when they intercepted and neutralized 2 female Boko Haram terrorists suicide bombers who tried to infiltrate and attack the village through troops parapet at about 10.15pm. Similarly, the troops of 251 Battalion also intercepted another female Boko Haram terrorists suicide bomber on Monday 17th July 2017 at about 1.49am between Cimari and No Man’s Land.
“The efforts of the troops saved valuable lives and property. The public is please requested to continue to volunteer information to the military and other security to keep the country