Suspected B’Haram suicide bombers kill nine Borno residents
ISIS figures on attacks, killings a hoax, says govt
THREE suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers on Sunday night attacked Benisheikh, a town in Borno State, detonating an Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which killed nine people, including two of the suspects.
This was disclosed yesterday in a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, made available to newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has described as ‘a hoax’ the figures being circulated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) concerning the number of attacks carried out by Boko Haram and the number of people killed by the terrorists in Nigeria in the last two months.
Usman’s statement reads in part: “At about 8.30p.m Sunday evening, three suspected suicide bombers between the age of 10 and 15 went into Benisheikh town, Borno State. They were spotted by vigilant Borno State Youth Empowerment Scheme (Civilian JTF) who suspected something fishy about them. Indeed, one of them was laden with Improvised Explosive Devices.”
Usman said that while the Civilian JTF was in the process of screening the suspects by following the necessary drills and precautions, one of them detonated the device, which led to the death of nine people with 24 others sustaining various degrees of injuries.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said, “ISIS’ imaginary figures were part of strategy to shore up the morale of its dispersed and defeated fellow terrorists in Nigeria.
“Apart from these fake figures, we are aware of the planned release of old videos of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria through the terrorists’ preferred channel to give the impression that they have continued to carry out spectacular attacks.
Those videos are neither recent nor genuine.
“The ISIS/Boko Haram propaganda is being deliberately timed to coincide with the December 31 2015 deadline issued to the military by the President to decimate the terrorists, and is also aimed at distracting the military and striking at its all-time high morale.”
The ISIS through a Jihadi monitoring site had reported that Boko Haram, which claimed to have joined the Islamic State group in March, has killed and injured more than 1,000 people between October 14 and December 12, 2015.