Gworza attacks carried to cover terrorists’ weakness, decline – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters DHQ Tuesday said the series of terror attacks in Gworza Local government area of Borno state by terrorists on innocent citizens was carried “to project an image of strength to cover their weakness and decline.”

The military high command says attacks was to counter the reports of their weakness and create panic in the general population.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who stated this in a statement, said the terrorists are seeking for relevance in the face of imminent defeat by the military.


He urged Nigerians to continue to support the military, noting that troops will stop at nothing in taking the terrorists out.

He said: “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.

“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.”

Explaining how the attacks happened, General Buba said, “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. “

He said the fourth incident was averted when the suspect was identified early enough and she detonated the bomb prematurely whereby she became the only casualty.

He disclosed that 20 persons were killed while 52 sustained various degree of injuries and receiving treatment.