Boko Haram shoots at military helicopter, wounds airman

Posted February 17, 2017

Three female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a truck station, detonating vehicles at Muna Garage on the city's eastern outskirts, according to police Deputy Superintendent Victor Iskukwu.

The Nigerian Army on Thursday evening foiled a Boko Haram attack that targeted Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in the country's north-east. "EOD/Police patrol team were promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy", he said.

One of the girls detonated hers at the Muna motor park.‎ The other two attacked Muna Dalti, a community located opposite Muna Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, killing two and injuring eight members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

He also confirmed that soldiers had in the night spotted some persons on motorcycle and opened fire in their direction.

A multinational force of troops from Nigeria and its neighbours a year ago drove Boko Haram out of towns and villages in northeast Nigeria, but isolated attacks and suicide bombings continue.

However a number of the militants are still at large including the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau who has disputed claims of their defeat by the Nigerian Army.

The military's counter-attack led to the death of scores of Boko Haram members, the spokesperson said. The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at several times by the insurgents. However, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound, " said NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Group, Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.

"Nevertheless, he added, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination to enable the outreach programme continue uninterrupted".