The Nigerian Military has confirmed that four persons were killed when a tricycle unknowingly stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the side of Biu -Damboa road close to a military checkpoint in the outskirts of Biu town, Borno State.
According to the Army Spokesman, Colonel Sani K. Usman, “unfortunately, the IED exploded instantly killing 4 persons comprising of a woman with her baby and 2 other male adults”.
Colonel Usman further disclosed that “three other persons were injured, including a soldier and they were immediately evacuated to Biu General Hospital. The injured soldier died in the hospital”.
He stated that the general area has been cordoned off and the 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”, he added.
The Spokesman stated that the explosion would not deter the Nigerian Army from seeing to the end of boko haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding through its 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”.