Abuja - The Defence Headquarters, has raised alarm over the possible existence of explosive devices known as `cluster bombs’ in communities particularly in the North-East.
This is contained in a statement issued by Col. Rabe Abubakar, Defence spokesman and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement said the devices could have been planted by Boko Haram terrorists in such communities.
It said that Army engineers serving in Adamawa had recovered some of the devices in some recaptured terrorists’ enclaves.
"The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) wishes to inform Nigerians living in the North-East and any other parts of the country to be on the lookout for cluster bombs sometimes called scatter bombs."
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"Nigerian Army Engineers serving in Adamawa State have recovered some catches of these bombs in the contested areas in recent time."
"The military high command has discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists in the areas have used such lethal instruments over time to push their callous terrorist cause," the statement said.
It described cluster bombs as bombs that house sub-munitions, (smaller explosives contained in individual cases).
It said that the bombs could be detonated in areas containing many targets, such as columns of vehicles, market places, places of worship or large concentration of troops.
The army urged the public to be wary of cluster bombs currently being used by the terrorists to cause havoc to innocent lives and property.
"The public is also advised to report such objects/materials if seen to security agencies for prompt action," the statement said, adding that the terrorists were desperate and frustrated and could use any cruel instrument to actualise their evil intention.