Some families in Yobe State would have been thrown into mourning on Sunday, but some courageous civilians ensured it never happened. 

They foiled a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Gashua, Gujba Local Government Area and the Nigerian Army is giving them some accolades. 

A statement by the Army said a suspected female Boko Haram member attempted the attack. 

The spokesman for the Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri.

"What would have otherwise been a devastating suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Gashua village in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state has been successfully foiled today by vigilant members of the community.

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“A female Boko Haram suicide bomber had infiltrated the mosque, while members were about to commence a prayer session but was detected when struggling to detonate a suicide vest strapped to her body.

"She was quickly restrained by the locals, arrested and handed over to troops at Azare.

"Members of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Component of Operation Lafiya Dole at the location have safely defused the suicide vest, while the suicide bomber is currently receiving medical attention due to injuries sustained during her arrest," the statement read.

This is coming two days after two female suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate troops in Kawuri, in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

Boko Haram increased its use of female suicide bombers for attacks after the abduction of some over 200 girls from a school in Chibok in 2014.

This development has drawn international community attention, with many countries calling for more efforts to end the activities of Boko Haram that the President of Nigeria has attributed to the porous nature of the nation's border.