Boko Haram terrorists now disguise as fruit and vegetable sellers – Nigerian military

FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram
FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram

The Nigerian military has warned the public of a new tactic in use by the extremist Boko Haram sect to move Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) around in order to unleash deadly attacks on the public.

A statement by the acting director, defence information, Rabe Abubakar, said the military found that members of the terrorist group now disguise as legitimate fruit and vegetable sellers to smuggle IEDs within groceries to crowded areas.

Mr Abubakar advised the public to be on the alert of this tactics by the terrorists and not to hesitate in reporting any suspicious persons to security agencies.

The Nigerian government insists Boko Haram has been effectively defeated and that the group is unable to hold territories and stage military style attacks like it used to do.

The sect has, however, continued to carried out intermittent suicide bombings mostly in crowded area. The military describes these places as soft targets.

Read Mr. Abubakar’s statement below:

TERRORISTS NOW HIDE IEDS AMONG VEGETABLES

“In continuation with the sensitization of our citizens on the devilish strategy of the terrorists, the Nigerian Military authorities have discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists are determined to continue letting off bombs and have resorted to masquerading as fruits and vegetable vendors wheeling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as groceries into crowded areas.

“The terrorists now hide IEDs under vegetable wares in carts and wheelbarrows and move to crowded places where they detonate them for maximum casualties. The recent terrorists attack in the North East is a case in point.

“Having been effectively dislodged and decimated the BH terror group has begun some systematic isolated attacks mainly on soft targets in their desperation to remain relevant.

“The Defence Headquarters hereby advises the general public to constantly be alert to this latest terrorist tactics and to report promptly any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest security agency.

“While commending the general public and the media for their continuous support so far, all citizens are once again reminded that security is everybody’s concern therefore, they should join hands with the security agencies to eliminate the remnant of the terrorists.”

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  • Unity and Faith

    Premium Times, why are you people so insensitive, rude and unpatriotic? I read your journal everday and i keep noticing that whenever you publish stories relating to the Nigerian Military, you refer to the Military officers as “Mr” and fail to attach their respective ranks before their names. This act is not just irresponsible but also distasteful to say the least. I have never read nor listened to any International Media agency refer to their officers as such. Are you intentionally trying to undermine the Nigerian military officers or what? Please, most of these military men have sacrificed a lot to keep Nigeria as one. The least you can accord them is respect. I therefore urge your journalists that when next you put up any story concerning the Nigerian military, ensure you begin with “Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar ” and not “Mr Rabe Abubakar, a Brigadier General ” . Thank you

    • eclub

      “Mr” is a higher rank than Brigadier General, even President Obama is referred to as Mr. Obama.

    • Obi

      It is only in Africa that you see people agglutinating “Barrister”, “Chief”, “General”, “Prof”…etc to their names and get offended when such titles are missing. We have complex issue here!

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  • Otile

    Imam Abubakar Shekau, Allah ya gafatta mallam.

  • freeguy

    It is high time the FG banned all vegetables, since “Boko Haram terrorists now disguise as fruit and vegetable sellers”. I take cue from the recent call on the ban of hijab by some elements of the society. What about this idea? Does it make sense?