A joint patrol team of a Civilian JTF and Vigilante group, successfully averted a plot by two female Boko Haram suicide bombers to inflict disaster at Gamboru town, Yobe.
In a statement by the spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col Onyema Nwachukwu said;
“Two of the suicide bombers, strapped with suicide vests had attempted infiltrating Gamboru town at about 6.45am when they were sighted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.
“They were halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests, to which they vehemently declined.
“All efforts and entreaties by the patrol team to make the suicide bombers remove their IED vests failed as the duo adamantly approached the troops armed with their IED vests.
“They were immediately neutralized by the troops, while the explosive ordinance disposal team (EOD) safely unstrapped and detonated the suicide vests.
“A third female suicide bomber was detected and intercepted within the same general area and subsequently confessed to the joint patrol that she and the other two terrorists had been dispatched at about 3.30am on Tuesday to unleash mayhem on Gamboru town.
“The recovered vests and the surviving suicide bomber have been taken into custody for further interrogation. “We call on the general public to be more alert and vigilant, while going about their daily activities in their various communities to detect suspicious persons and inform security agencies accordingly.”