The Nigerian Army disclosed that vigilante members of the Borno Youths Empowerment popularly referred to as Civilian JTF, in the early hours ofWednesday, intercepted four female suicide bombers close to a checkpoint, 25 kilometers of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Giving detail of the interception, Acting Director, Army Public Relation’s said, “Today (Wednesday) at about7.30am, 4 female suicide bombers were intercepted by troops and Borno Youths Empowerment Youth, otherwise known as Civilian JTF, ahead of a checkpoint about which is about 25km outskirts of the city of Maiduguri.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that suicide bombers were earlier observed trying to bypass a military checkpoint through a close by 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 3 suicide bombers before they carry out their nefarious acts.
“Sadly, one of the Civilian JTF lost his live and 4 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.”