The Borno State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps on Sunday discovered two bomb-making factories in Dikwa, Borno state.
Disclosing this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the factories were discovered during a patrol by men of the command in collaboration with the troops of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army. He announced:
“In an effort to comply with the directives of the Ministerial Committee on Resettlement of Liberated Towns by the military, the NSCDC had deployed its personnel in Dikwa and are working hand in hand with the military.
“This collective effort has, therefore, led to the discovery of two major bomb-making factories in two abandoned houses.Our Detection and Bomb Disposal Unit, Intelligence and Detective Operation Unit in collaboration with the troops of 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army have since neutralised some of the live IEDs.
“Some IEDs making equipment, gas cylinders and a jet bomb propeller were discovered and handed over to the brigade command.”
Meanwhile, the Army on Sunday revealed that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in Biu, Borno state killed four persons, including a woman, her child, and two other men.
According to a statement by Army spokesperson, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the IED which was most likely buried a long time ago, exploded after a tricycle stepped on it. The explosion also injured a military official in the area, he added.
“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. We regret to state that the injured soldier also died at the hospital.”
He commiserated with the families of the victims, adding that the explosion would not deter the Army from seeing to the end of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding through their ongoing clearance operations.