Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State yesterday averted what could have been a tragedy of monumental proportions after they intercepted three female suicide bombers in Gamboru town, Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of the state.
Two of the suicide bombers, who were deployed by Boko Haram Terrorists to wreak havoc on the town in the early hours of Tuesday, were intercepted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and Civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.
A statement on Wednesday by Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Public Relations Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole, said the suicide bombers were immediately halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests.
According to Nwachukwu, the two suicide bombers, despite efforts and entreaties to get them to heed the order to unstrap their suicide vests refused to budge, instead moving towards the patrol team adamantly, with the intention to blow themselves up.
“They were immediately neutralised by the troops, while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) safely unstrapped and detonated the suicide vests”, Col. Nwachukwu said.
“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 3.30 am on Tuesday to unleash mayhem on Gamboru town”, he added.
“She also revealed the location she had hid her suicide vest and led the troops to recover it. The recovered vests and the surviving suicide bomber have been taken into custody for further interrogations”, the statement concluded.