Explosion kills soldier, 4 others at military checkpoint in Borno


NIGERIAN Army yesterday
confirmed the killing of four
persons and a solider after
a tricycle stepped on an
explosive in Biu, Borno state.
The Acting Army Director of
Information, Col. Sani Usman
disclosed in a statement
that, “At about 8.15am
today (Yesterday) a tricycle,
known as “Keke NAPEP”
unknowingly stepped on an
Improvised Explosive Device,
IED, close to a military
checkpoint on Biu-Damboa
road. Unfortunately, the IED
exploded instantly killing
four persons comprising 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,” Usman
He said the area had been
cordoned off and Explosive
Ordinance Device, EOD team
from Forward Operation
Base, FOB in Buratai was
mobilised to carry out further
search of the area.
Usman said preliminary
investigations showed that
the IED was buried long time
ago undetected.
“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 reiterated the
determination of the military
to see to the end of Boko
Haram terrorists wherever
they might be hiding. “We
want to use this opportunity
to solicit for more cooperation
from the members of the
public to enable us succeeds
in the fight against the
remnants of these criminal

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