Four female suicide bombers were intercepted ahead of a checkpoint at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, by troops who were assisted by members of the Civilian JTF, Hausa service of the BBC reports.
In a statement issued by the acting director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, stated that the suicide bombers were earlier observed trying to bypass a military checkpoint through a nearby village before they were ordered to take the right road.
However, few metres to the checkpoint, one of the bombers swiftly detonated her vest, prompting the vigilant troops to gun down the other three suicide bombers before they could carry out their nefarious acts.
The statement lamented that one of the Civilian JTF operatives lost his life and four other persons sustained various degrees of injuries. “The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device team in the area safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Device carried by the other suicide bombers.
“The security situation in the area is now cool and calm,” Usman noted.