Explosion rocks Biu, 4 killed

People look at the wrechage of a car on March 2, 2014, after two explosions rocked killing at leat 35 people in a crowded neighbourhood of Nigeria's restless northeastern city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram Islamists, police said Sunday. AFP PHOTO JOSHUA OMIRIN


The Nigerian Army on Sunday confirmed the killing of four persons after a tricycle stepped on an explosive in Biu, Borno State.

Col. Sani Usman the Acting Army Director of Information disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“At about 8.15am today a tricycle, known as “Keke NAPEP” unknowingly stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), close to a military checkpoint on Biu-Damboa road.

“Unfortunately, the IED exploded instantly killing four persons comprising a woman with her baby and two 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,’’ Usman said.

He said the area had been cordoned off and Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Buratai was mobilised to carry out further search of the area.

Usman said preliminary investigations showed that the IED was buried long time ago undetected.

“We commiserate with the families of the victims of this sad incident.

“This unfortunate development has brought to the fore, the need for more security consciousness and vigilance among all.’’

He reiterated the determination of the military to see to the end of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding.

“We want to use this opportunity to solicit for more cooperation from the members of the public to enable us succeed in the fight against the remnants of these criminal elements.’’