Monday, 30 May 2016

Five die in Borno explosion, soldiers kill policeman - Punch New




A soldier and four other civilians died in Biu, Borno State, on Sunday after a mine, suspected to have been planted by the Boko Haram sect, exploded near a military checkpoint on the Damboa-Biu Road.
The Acting Army Director of Information, Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed the incident, explained that an Improvised Explosives Device exploded after a tricycle, popularly called Keke Marwa, stepped on mines by the side of the road.
Also in Bauchi State, soldiers at a military checkpoint opened fire on a bus which allegedly refused to stop at the checkpoint, killing a policeman and injuring three others in the bus.
Usman said while four persons died in the explosion, the soldier, who was injured in the blast later died in the hospital.
The army spokesman said, “At about 8.15am today (Sunday), a tricycle, known as ‘Keke NAPEP’, unknowingly stepped on an Improvise Explosive Device planted by the side of the Biu-Damboa Road close to a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Biu town, Borno State.
“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 the Biu General Hospital. We regret to state that the injured soldier also died at the hospital.”
Usman said the incident would not discourage the military from continuing its counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
He said, “Preliminary investigations show that the IED was buried long time ago undetected. It exploded when the tricycle erroneously stepped on it.
“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.”
In Bauchi, the Headquarters of the 33 Artillery Brigade, in a statement by its Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Joseph Afolasade, said one policeman was killed in  the incident that happened on Saturday at about 2.14pm in Panshanu, on the Bauchi-Jos Road.
Afolasade stated, “It is regrettable that one person was confirmed dead and three others sustained injuries in the process.
“The identities of the occupants of the civilian bus was later known to be policemen, who were not in uniform but civil dresses coming from Taraba State to Kaduna for an interview.”
Afolasade advised the general public, no matter who they were, to always obey the stop sign at checkpoints to avoid a recurrence.
“This is sufficient cause for all to abide by the rules at checkpoints in the interest of all. The cooperation of the entire populace is necessary in the fight against insurgency and criminality,” the Army spokesman said.
Source: PunchNg
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