Police finds, destroys 67 Boko Haram bombs in Army barracks

The police in Borno state says it has found and destroyed not fewer than 67 landmines in Bama army barracks which was taken over by Boko Haram sometime ago. Premium Times quotes the commissioner of police in the state, Damian Chukwu as saying during a chat with pressmen on Sunday, September 25 evening that operatives of the Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD) have defused 67 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by Boko Haram insurgents at the military barracks As the governor and his team were going to Bama to monitor reconstruction work, we put together various components of my operational units, the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-Terrorist Unit, the Special Protection Unit, the EOD i.e. the bomb disposal unit, the intelligence group as well as the conventional police, to go with them. “In the process of doing reconstruction work in the military barracks, the soldiers and other people there saw some buried IEDs — about 67 of them — and called the attention of my men. “It is believed that the insurgents buried those bombs while they were there, especially when the military came back to displace them. “We had to deploy the EOD unit who brought out the bombs and destroyed them and then gave way for reconstruction work to continue.’’ He confirmed the deployment of police in Bama to maintain law and order in the areas already liberated by the Nigerian Army. “There are quite a number of other local governments where we are presently deployed in. We are in Konduga Local Government, it is midway between Maiduguri and Bama.” “We also have Mungono, it is midway between Bama and Baga; In Baga, a town that shares boundary with Chad, military operation is still going on there but the town has been liberated except for the pockets of insurgents in the outskirt,” said Chukwu. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has reacted to the recent video released by factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau. The Army says from what it could deduce from the video, Shekau truly has mental challenge as it had earlier thought.

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