- The Nigerian Army discloses that an electrical fault caused the explosion onboard one of its armoured fighting vehicles in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital
- Captain Njoka Irabor, the spokesperson for Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, explains that the fire incident occurred when the vehicle was returning to base from a routine standby duty
- The spokesperson says 3 soldiers who sustained injuries as a result of the incident have been moved to a military medical facility for prompt attention
The Nigerian Army has disclosed that the explosion of its armoured fighting vehicle in Damaturu, Yobe state on Monday, December 30, was caused by an electrical fault.
Captain Njoka Irabor, the spokesperson for the sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the clarification in a statement on Tuesday, December 31, PM News reports.
Irabor said the fire incident occurred when the Armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was returning to base from a routine standby duty.
He disclosed that the vehicle suddenly developed an electrical malfunctioning which led to a fire outbreak and subsequent explosions of the ammunition on board.
“The fire incident happened along Damaturu – Maiduguri road. “The AFV was completely burnt down, while troops in the vehicle were able to extricate themselves during the fire outbreak," Captian Irabor said.
“However, 3 soldiers sustained injuries and have since been moved to our medical facility for prompt medical attention."
The spokesperson urged residents of Damaturu and environs to go about their legitimate businesses, noting that soldiers would continue to discharge their responsibilities of the protection of lives and property in the area.
Legit.ng had reported that there was confusion across Damaturu, Yobe state, the state capital when an armoured tank belonging to the Nigerian military and used in the battle against insurgents caught fire and exploded on Monday, December 30,
Many residents scampered for safety in the heat of the confusion, The Nation stated. A witness disclosed that the incident occurred opposite the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu as the soldiers were on their way back to base.
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