Army says Mubi explosion targeting military patrol team kills 2 civilians

The army said none of its soldiers was killed by the explosion.

The Nigerian Army has confirmed that two civilians were killed by an explosion targeting a military patrol team in Mubi, Adamawa State, on Wednesday.

The Brigade Commander of the 23rd armoured brigade, Yola, John Nwaogu, confirmed the deaths in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Nwaogu, a Brigadier General, said the explosion occurred around the cattle market which is usually busy on Wednesday being the market day.

“Those who planted the IEDs were targeting a military patrol team, but no one in the team was affected, but two civilians lost their lives,” he said.

Mr. Nwaogu however did not confirm if any arrest has been made, but said, security operatives have cordoned off the area, adding that he is confident the perpetrators will be apprehended.

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Mubi was the scene of a mass attack last month which claimed the lives of over forty persons, most of them students of tertiary institutions staying in off-campus hostels around Wuro Fatuji area of the town.

Initial reports linked the extremist Boko Haram sect to the killings, but the sect has since denied carrying out the attack. Security operatives are yet to unmask and prosecute those behind the killings of the students and no one has claimed responsibility for it.

No group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s explosion either.

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