- 8 people have been reportedly killed by landmines in a community in Borno state
- The landmines were said to have been planted by Boko Haram terrorists
- Boko Haram still launches sporadic attacks on troops and civilians in the community despite the Nigerian army's presence
Eight people have been reportedly killed by landmines in Gwoza local government area of Borno state.
Sources in the area told the AFP that the victims drove over the land mines around Warabe village barely fifteen kilometers away from the local government headquarters.
The vehicle, part of a civilian convoy under military escort, veered off the road in an attempt to overtake another vehicle when it hit the device.
Military and civilian militia sources blamed Boko Haram jihadists for planting the mine, underlying the persistent threat to civilians in the remote region.
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“The vehicle exploded and all the eight people inside were killed. Seven more people from the other vehicle were injured from the explosion,” a military officer said.
The incident happened at about 10:00am at Warabe village, some 15 kilometres (nearly 10 miles) from the town of Gwoza.
The convoy had left Gwoza and was heading to Pulka some 20 kilometres away on the border with Cameroon he added.
The Boko Haram faction loyal to its long-time leader Abubakar Shekau is known to be active in the area.
Although Nigerian troops later reclaimed the town, the group still launches sporadic attacks on troops and civilians.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram terrorists attacked Michika local government area of Adamawa state on Monday, March 18.
The attack was confirmed by Ahmad Sajoh, the Adamawa state commissioner for information and strategy.
A former local council chairman of the town who spoke on condition of anonymity said that he went into hiding in the mountains for safety when the tragedy ensued, although the police was yet to confirm the development.
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