The Nigerian Army has raised an alarm, alerting Nigerians on the new tactics Boko Haram terrorists have imployed to cause havoc among the populace. He said that the insurgents now masquerade as fruits and vegetable vendors, hiding Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) under the vegetables to get into public places where they detonate them to kill many.
This was disclosed yesterday in a statement issued and signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar. According to him, “The terrorists now hide IEDs under vegetable wares in carts and wheelbarrows and move to crowded places where they detonate them for maximum casualties. The recent terrorists attack in the North-East is a case in point.”
He further stated that:
“Having been effectively dislodged and decimated, the Boko Haram terror group has commenced some systematic isolated attacks mainly on soft targets in their desperation to remain relevant.The Defence Headquarters hereby advises the general public to constantly be alert to this latest terrorist tactics and to report promptly any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest security agency.
“While commending the general public and the media for their continuous support so far, all citizens are once again reminded that security is everybody’s concern therefore, they should join hands with the security agencies to eliminate the remnant of the terrorists.”
This information may be coming as a surprise as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in an earlier statement announced to Nigerians that the war against Boko Haram has been won.
Although during the announcement on the defeat of Boko Haram, the COAS commended his men for crushing terrorism in the north east but also added that the army will still remain vigilant to contend with any new strategy that may be adopted by Boko Haram terrorists.