- Improvise explosive device planted by the Boko Haram exploded, killing four people
- The military promised to end the terrorists wherever they might be hiding
The Nigerian army has informed Legit.ng that the improvise explosive device (IED) planted by the Boko Haram sect by the side of Biu -Damboa road exploded close to a military checkpoint at the outskirts of Biu town, Borno state.
The military's spokesman Sani Usman in a statement said that at about 8.15am on May 29 a tricycle, known as “Keke NAPEP” unknowingly stepped on an IED.
The statement reads in part: “Unfortunately, the IED exploded instantly killing 4 persons comprising of a woman with her baby and 2 other male adults. Three other persons were injured including a soldier and they were immediately evacuated to Biu General Hospital. We regret to state that the injured soldier also died at the hospital.
“The general area has been cordoned off and Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Buratai have been mobilized to carryout further search of the area.
“Preliminary investigations shows that the IED was buried long time ago undetected. It exploded when the tricycle erroneously stepped on it.
“We commiserate with the families of the victims of this sad incident.
This unfortunate development has brought to the fore, the need for more security consciousness and vigilance among all.
“We would like to reiterate that the explosion would not deter us from seeing to the end of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding through our ongoing clearance operations.”
“We want to use this opportunity to solicit for more cooperation from the members of the public to enable us succeed in the fight against the remnants of these criminal elements going by the appellation “Boko Haram terrorists.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has today, May 29, marked his first year since he assumed the power.
The presidency boasted that it almost fulfilled its promise to end the insurgency in the country.
However, the Boko Haram sect continues its attacks on innocent people.
At the same time USA wants to sell up to 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria in recognition of President Buhari's reform of the country's army.