28 August, 2012
The military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, Borno state has averted the detonations of two separate Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by suspected Boko Haram sect members in Mafoni
and Gwange wards of the metropolis on Tuesday.
The JTF said that if the separate explosives, were detonated by the suspects, they could have destroyed many lives and property at the West End
and Gwange areas of Maiduguri.
Confirming the aversion of multiple blasts, on Tuesday in Maiduguri, spokesman of JTF, Lt. Col Sagir Musa in a press statement said: “There was an
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion today at West End, Ramat Square general area of Maiduguri metropolis. The Explosive Device was
concealed in a wheel barrow by suspected Boko Haram terrorists and it exploded at about 0835am.”
An eyewitness however told The Guardian in a telephone conversation that a child was also killed along with four other residents by stray bullets,
when the mother was attempting to flee in an exchange of gunfire between JTF and suspected bombers at the West End area.
Musa said the owner of the wheel barrow was killed instantly while attempting to escape, adding that no casualty was recorded, as the area was
cordoned and swept by the Bomb Disposal Arm of the Task Force.