Boko Haram terrorists are planting land mines on farmlands to kill rural dwellers across the northeast, the Defence Headquarters said on Tuesday.
The military said the act was part of the final activities of the insurgents who have been largely contained.
A statement signed by the director of defence information, Rabe Abubakar, said the terrorists were also carrying out attacks against villagers on horseback.
“The Defence Headquarters wishes to inform the general public particularly those in the North East that in their desperation to unleash terror on the people, the fleeing remnant terrorists have laid land mines on stretches of farm land,” Mr. Abubakar, a brigadier-general, said.
“It is also instructive to alert the public that terrorists now operate with horses to carry out attacks on isolated villages and communities along fringes of our borders in the North East. A recent attack using horses readily comes to mind in this regard.”
Mr. Abubakar said the activities are specifically designed to cause panic amongst farmers and other rural inhabitants, urging the citizens to be mindful of suspicious objects and report strange activities to the authorities.
“These latest tactics of the terrorists is a grand design to cause fear and panic among the farmers as well as the local populace. The security forces will continue to be on their trail until they are completely flushed out of our country.
“While the military and other security forces are doing everything possible to neutralise these mine threats, individuals and citizens are advised to be mindful of strange and suspicious objects in their farmlands and localities as well as be weary of those coming on horses as they can be terrorists and to report same to the security forces for prompt action,” Mr. Abubakar said.