Nigerian Army combat engineers engage in demining tasks to rid the roads of explosives, somewhere in northeast Nigeria
8 October, 2015
Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said Army Engineers serving in Adamawa State have recovered some catches of cluster bombs in the contested areas in recent time and advised people, particularly those in the North East to keep a lookout for them.
The military said the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the areas have used such lethal instruments over time to push their callous terrorist cause.
Colonel Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director Defence Information said for easy identification of cluster bombs, “it is important to note that cluster bombs are bombs that house submunitions, that is, smaller explosives contained in individual cases. These bombs are used against large areas containing many targets, such as columns of vehicles, marketplaces, places of worship or large troop concentration as the case may be.
”Some cluster bombs carry several hundred of very small explosives wrapped in a metal container like a pot while others carry larger submunitions that can find specific targets such as tanks. Some of these submunitions do not blow up immediately, but remain behind and act as landmines. This can be an acceptable explanation for the recovery of caches of these bombs by Nigerian Army Engineers in the area.
“The general public are hereby requested to be wary of such concealed dangerous equipment now being used by the terrorist elements to cause havoc to both innocent lives and property. The public is also advised to report such objects/materials if seen to security agencies for prompt action. The terrorists are desperate and frustrated and could use any cruel instrument to actualize their evil intention.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to continue to cooperate with the security agencies by giving timely information to secure our great country.”