23 April, 2013
Troops fighting insurgents in the northeastern part of the country have
uncovered a trick of members of the
Boko Haram group, which they use to
disguise, with their vehicles unable to be detected from the air.
Top security sources disclosed to the
Nigerian Tribune authoritatively that the insurgent group made use of used oil and sand to coat the body of the vehicles which they used in their attack. According to the source, this made them invisible in the air during bombings by the Nigerian Air Force.The sources disclosed that the essence of the gimmick was to make the Boko Haram vehicles invisible from the air, as they would look like ordinary ground.
The sources disclosed that this was one of the major problems being faced by the Air Force during their operations as these vehicles could not be picked(spotted) from the air.
However, the lid was blown open by one of the Boko Haram suspects who was involved in the local technology and during investigations, he confessed that the method was used to disguise as the Air Force planes flew over their areas. The suspect said with the trick, the group had been able to survive a number of bombings from the Air Force.
The top security source revealed that the method was uncovered when a large number of the Boko Haram vehicles were captured and were found to be coated with the used-oil and sand.