An explosion from and IED has killed 4 civilians, including a soldier at a military checkpoint in Biu town, Borno state, the Nigerian Army has said.
The incident occurred at about 8.15am on Sunday after 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, Acting Director Of Army Public Relations Colonel Usman Sani said in a statement.
According to him, the general area has been cordoned off and Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Buratai have been mobilized to carryout further search of the area.
“Preliminary investigations shows that the IED was buried long time ago undetected. It exploded when the tricycle erroneously stepped on it.
“We commiserate with the families of the victims of this sad incident.