Nigerian troops on patrol caught in IED explosion in Borno

Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army

Some Nigerian troops fighting the terrorist Boko Haram group in the North-East were Saturday morning caught in an explosion triggered by an improvised explosive device planted by the sect, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The troops, who are of the 122 Task Force Battalion, Pulka, in Borno State, ran into the land mine between Banki junction and Bama as they conducted escort patrol from Pulka to Maiduguri, people familiar with the matter told this website.

The incident occurred at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, our sources said.

Five members of the detachment were badly injured, and were promptly evacuated to Bama for first aid by a patrol team from Bama.

“The distance between Bama and Banki junction is just 7km,” a military analyst told PREMIUM TIMES. “There are troops deployed in-between yet Boko Haram terrorists still sneak in and plant mines.

“They sneak in at night and plant the mines. They know troops would always move in the morning.”

News of the incident in Pulka came shortly after army authorities emailed PREMIUM TIMES a statement saying a woman arrested wearing Nigerian Army uniforms in Abuja on Friday was an impersonator.

The fake army officer, who was arrested along Gwagwalada road falsely claimed to be a Major in the Nigerian Army, authorities said.

The army said contrary to insinuations, fake Major Juliana Gumel was not carrying Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) nor was she with kids when she was arrested.

Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the suspect was undergoing interrogation.

Mr. Usman, a colonel, said, “She claimed to be a Medical Doctor and a ” major” with a fake private soldier’s outdated identity card. But not with IED. I believe Guards Brigade or the Nigeria Police will issue a formal statement on it.


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  • alapafuja oninufufu

    The least anyone can do is to continue to commend and encourage our soldiers whether on the frontline or not in their quest to bring the renegade BH fighters to their knees. An introspective analysis of why this fight started at all always leave me speechless. Is the human mind so callous and daring that it has no respect for other people’s life? The answer is just as intriguing as can imagined. It remains a major challenge for me to provide an empirical justification for the forages of BH. What is the basis? Religion? Power? Fame? Wealth? Position? Control of other human beings? A combination of all and more? What is fueling the war? The announcement of the death of every Nigerian soldier hit me hard and leave me speechless. Even if the soldier is not married, he has friends. He has relatives. He has parents. He has neighbours. All these will be thrown into mourning on hearing of his death or severe injury that will alter his life forever. For God’s sake, when will this senselessness stop? When will it stop? May God Almighty continue to be the Captain of our soldiers. God is the Master Tactitian and Chief Strategist. He cannot lose any battle or war. He can sink th d biggest frigate in seconds and blow up the most fortified armoury with the twinkle of an eye. We commit the Nigerians soldiers into His able hands. And for those w ho have paid the supreme price, audie brother. Wh e n He shall come to take His people home, away from this theatre of bestiality, may we be reunited in Jesus name.

    • sab

      Good comment. I really share your thoughts. Sad that some were equating Boko Haram with Niger Delta Militants. But in the contrary, they are not. ND militants have a single mission, to control their resources or for better living environment. They are ready for dialogue but this Boko Haram of a group may have more motives than you postulated here. Unfortunately, they appear to be having upper hands now, with our expensively trained soldiers now their major target and casualties. God help us overcome them.

  • Noble

    She is fake even in her names: Juliana GUMEL? Gumel of Jigawa state?Juliana? Very odd indeed!

    • Suleiman Alatise

      You may be right, and also wrong, names like her’s are quite common.

  • Stella Dominic