IED kills Soldier, Four Others in Borno

IED kills Soldier, Four Others in Borno
Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Army Headquarters has confirmed that an Improvise Explosive Device (IED) planted by the side of Biu -Damboa road close to a military checkpoint at the outskirts of Biu town, Borno State has killed five  persons including a soldier, a woman and her baby and another person. 
A statement issued on Sunday by the Acting Director Army Public Reltaions, Colonel Sani Usman said a Keke NAPEP unknowingly stepped on the IED following which it exploded and instantly killed four people and wounded three others.
“At about 8.15am today a tricycle, known as “Keke NAPEP” unknowingly stepped on an Improvise Explosive Device (IED) 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 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.” Col. Usman said in the statement.

He however disclosed that the injured soldier also died at the hospital saying ” we regret to state that the injured soldier also died at the hospital”

The Army Spokesperson further said that the general area has been cordoned off while Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Buratai has been mobilized to carry out further search of the area.
He said preliminary investigations shows that the IED was buried long time ago undetected and exploded when the tricycle erroneously stepped on it.
While commiserating with the families of the victims of the sad incident, Colonel Usman reiterated that the 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”. He said