A woman, her baby and two others have been killed by an explosive at a military checkpoint in Borno State. According to available information, the explosion occurred at about 8:15am on Sunday.
A statement by the Nigerian Army said: “At about 8.15am today a tricycle, known as “Keke NAPEP” unknowingly stepped on an Improvise Explosive Device planted by the side of Biu-Damboa Road close to a military checkpoint at the outskirts of Biu town, Borno State.
“Unfortunately, the IED exploded instantly killing four persons comprising of a woman with her baby and two 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 team from Forward Operation Base in Buratai have been mobilized to carryout further search of the area.”
The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, added: “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’.”