Nigerian troops have foiled two suicide attacks by terror group Boko Haram in the country’s northeastern state of Borno, an army spokesman said on Friday.

Five people involved in the botched attacks were killed by vigilant troops in Yamatake and Gwoza districts of Borno State late Thursday, said Sani Usman, the army spokesman.

He said a female suicide bomber was among those gunned down as she attempted to enter a military location in Yamatake district.

A soldier also died in the process of foiling the attack, he added.

According to an Army statement released on Friday, ”a female suicide bomber attempted to enter the military location in Yamtake but a vigilant sentry on duty gunned her down and she died instantly.”

”The failed suicide bombing attack was followed up with futile probing attack by terrorists which was decisively dealt with by the troops,” the statement added. It was the attacks after the incident which led to the death of the soldier.

”The troops killed all the 4 attackers including 2 suicide bombers and recovered military accoutrement amongst others, 2 AK-47, 3 Magazines, 109 rounds of 7.62mm (Special), 3 Magazine carrier, 1 Illuminator pyrotecnic and some quantity of drugs.

The army is in charge of security in most parts of Borno State, which was the main base of Boko Haram terrorists who until recently had hoisted their flags in most Local Government Areas in the state.

The terrorists who the Army insists have been restricted to the Sambisa forest occasionally send young female suicide bombers to inflict harm on soft civilian populations including attacks on displaced peoples’ camps.

They have since the assumption of office of President Buhari in 2015, being on the back foot with a sustained counterinsurgency by the Nigerian Army pushing them back and restricting their audacious forays as used to be the case in the past.

The six year old insurgency by Boko Haram has already resulted in the displacement of more than two million people across the Lake Chad region comprising Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

In the third quarter of 2015, the Nigerian military launched Operation Lafiya Dole (Hausa for peace at all cost), and followed this up at the end of April with Operation Crackdown, intended as a final onslaught against Boko Haram in its Sambisa Forest base.

The Nigerian government has launched several military operations over the past months to eliminate the terror group, which emerged in northeast Nigeria’s Borno region.