Troops of the `Operation Lafiya Dole’ on Thursday morning intercepted and captured a male suicide bomber on the outskirts of Maiduguri, and neutralised the bomb he strapped on himself.

Col. Sani Usman, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement that the terrorist attempted to infiltrate the city through the troops’ forward defences at Jidari Polo general area.

According to Usman, the insurgent came in through Alidawari village about 4 kms ahead of Jidari and strapped himself with heavy Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) vest.

“The vigilant troops, on sighting him, laid in wait for the intruder when vehemently refused to stop despite several warnings and challenges.

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“A marksman neutralised the suicide bomber.

“The combined team of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD), safely detonated the IED-laden vest on the suicide bomber,” he said.