A 10-year-old boy has been killed in Borno State after the explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped on him by Boko Haram insurgents.
According to a statement issued by Victor Isuku, Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, the incident occurred on Saturday.
Isuku, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said at about 10:00am on Saturday, two Fulani boys, Gambo Bukar and Umar Bukar, aged 10 and 8 years old respectively, from Dalti village in Jere Local Government Area, the outskirt of Maiduguri, went out for grazing at Baram and Tamsongamdu villages in Mafa LGA.
He said the boys, while going about their business, came in contact with Boko Haram terrorists who strapped Gambo Bukar with an IED vest and set both of them free.
“When the boys returned home at about 4:00 pm, they failed to disclose their encounter with the terrorists and in the process of unstrapping the vest, the IED exploded, killing Gambo Bukar alone, while Umar Bukar sustained injuries and was immediately hospitalised,” he said.
“The scene was, however, visited by the Police EOD team who rendered the area safe.”