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Landmine clearing exercise secures Borno-Yobe link

20 July 2015, 10:55Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Nigerian troops have encouraged members of the public to use the highway linking Yobe and Borno States after a successful operation to clear the structure of landmines.

This past weekend, the troops reported they had cleared the Damaturu-Biu highway of the landmines the suspected members of the Boko Haram had planted during its ongoing reign of terror.

A team of Nigerian Army Special Forces, Explosives Ordinance Devices with support from Nigeria Police and members of local vigilante cleared the area.

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Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations, said during the painstaking and thorough operation, four Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) planted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists were discovered and successfully detonated.

“Commuters are encouraged to use the road as adequate security is being provided,” said Usman.

He however added the Nigerian Army wished to further enjoin the public to be more security conscious and report any suspicious persons and movements to the security agents.

The Damaturu-Biu highway has over the years been a target for the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect whose terror campaign has claimed thousands of lives in Nigeria and the region. 

- CAJ News


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