A major attack by terrorist group, Boko Haram, was averted by soldiers in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State after three female suicide bombers were neutralised.
According to Army Headquarters, the female suicide bombers had attempted to attack a military location in the town.
The troops were alerted by the members of the vigilante group who noticed that the three women looked suspicious and walked awkwardly with bulging hijab distinct from other female farmers.
According to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, the suicide bombers noticed they were being observed and attempted to detonate the bombs at the military location.
Usman said: “When the suicide bombers noticed that they were being observed, they hurriedly ran towards troops, aiming to detonate it on them.
“The troops neutralised two of the female suicide bombers while the other ran back into the bush but was pursued.
“Unfortunately, a soldier sustained injuries due to the impact of the explosion.
“The wounded soldier is currently receiving treatment at a military medical centre and he is in stable condition.”
Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army stationed in Anchau, Kubau Local Government Area, Kaduna State, also arrested two kidnappers in the process of collecting ransom from a kidnap victim’s family in the area.
The arrest followed a tip off by well-meaning Nigerians that the kidnappers had arrived Dutsen Wai for ransom collection from their victim’s family.
Troops were said to have trailed the kidnappers in an unmarked car.
Army spokesman, Col. Usman, said the kidnappers who were operating along Abuja-Kaduna road fled towards Zaria in a Honda car with registration number AJ 183 ABJ when they realised that they were being trailed.
“Consequently, the pursuing troops alerted the police stationed in Soba. In the process of fleeing, the kidnappers overran the police checkpoints at Soba and Maigana and proceeded to Zaria where they were finally apprehended,” he said.
Items recovered from the suspected kidnappers include a Honda Accord car, one mobile telephone handset, four MTN and one Airtel subscribers identified module (SIM) cards, 1 micro SD card, a national identity card, an INEC voters registration card, a Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria Identity Card, United Bank for Africa and Keystone Bank Debit Cards, cash sum of N12,710 and a notebook containing several names, addresses and telephone numbers of kidnap victims’ families and relations.