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Nursing Mother, Her Baby, Two Others Killed By Explosion In Borno

BORNO, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death on Sunday, of a woman, her baby and two other victims by an explosive device near a Military checkpoint in Borno State.

Military Spokesperson, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed the incident in a statement he issued Sunday.

“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.

“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 has been mobilized to carry out further search of the area”, Col Usman narrated.

The Army publicist also disclosed: “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’.”

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