The Nigerian Army said four would-be female suicide bombers, who were on their way to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, were killed near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the state capital on Wednesday.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, who made the disclosure in a statement, explained that while four of the would-be suicide bombers were shot dead by troops, one was able to detonate her explosive vest.
The army spokesman said one civilian JTF member lost his life while four others sustained injuries as a result of the detonated vest by the lone suicide bomber.
“Today at about 7.30am 4 female suicide bombers were intercepted by troops and Borno youth, otherwise known as Civilian JTF, ahead of a checkpoint, which is about 25km away from the city of Maiduguri.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that 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 short of the checkpoint, one of the bombers swiftly detonated her vest. The vigilant troops gunned down the other three suicide bombers before they carry out their nefarious acts.
“Sadly, one of the Civilian JTF lost his life and 4 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries”, Col. Usman said.
He stated that the unexploded Improvised Explosive Device on the other killed suicide bombers were safely detonated by the Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device team.
“The security situation in the area is now cool and calm”, the statement concluded.