Military Clears Damaturu-Biu Road Of Mines

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (right) in a handshake with new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai shortly after the Eid-El-Fitr prayers in Damaturu on Friday
Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (right) in a handshake with new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai shortly after the Eid-El-Fitr prayers in Damaturu on Friday

The Nigerian military has said that it has cleared the Damaturu – Biu road of landmines and made it safe for commuters to use.

A statement by army spokesperson, Sani Kukasheka, a colonel, said a team made up of “Army Special Forces, Explosives Ordinance Devices with support from Nigeria Police and members of local vigilante” took part in the operation that resulted in four Improvised Explosives Devices, IEDs, planted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents bring successfully detonated.

“Commuters are encouraged to use the road as adequate security is being provided. The Nigerian Army wishes to further enjoin the public to be more security conscious and report any suspicious persons and movements to the security agents,” Kukasheka said.

In addition to the use of suicide bombers, Boko Haram has used landmines to great effect, making it difficult for security agents as well as civilians to have access to some areas, particularly in Borno and Yobe states and this news from the military will come as a welcome relief.

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