Two suicide bombers were shot dead by the Civilian JTF in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Friday morning,  a source said.

Two male suicide bombers who strapped IEDs on the bodies stormed Kusari area near CBN Staff Quarters in Maiduguri at about 6:45 am earlier today. However, they were shot and killed before they could detonate the devices.

A member of Civilian JTF, who participated in the operations, disclosed to Saharareporters that the men were sighted by vigilant elders who stopped and queried them about their mission in the area. It is believed that the bombers were targeting early morning prayers at a Mosque nearby.

"Our elders sighted them in our community roaming around, so our they called them and tried to know their identities because their faces were strange to us. Instead, they started running, and we pursued them, shot and killed them. There were IEDs wrapped on their bodies that did not yet explode

"We thank Allah for saving us from the evil men that had wanted to wreak havoc on residents of Maiduguri. It could have been deadly if they hit their target," Massa Umaru told Saharareporters.

Nigerian troops have cordoned off the whole area, and normalcy has been restored.

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