Landmine Kills Seven Returnee IDPs in their Farm
Seven internally displaced persons from Goniri in Yobe state, who recently returned home after Boko Haram militants were cleared from their village were killed by a landmine planted by the insurgents as they were preparing their land for farming.
The Yobe State Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Aji Bularafa, told Channels Television that the explosives were buried in the farmland.
He said that the state government was embarking on a sensitisation campaign to educate residents of areas previously under the control of the insurgents to be careful while farming.
According to Bularafa, the insurgents may have planted explosives across several farmlands in their previously controlled territories.
According to him, the areas mostly at risk are Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Geidam and Yunusari Local Government Areas, which have been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency.
He asked residents to be cautious, not only on farmlands, but around their houses as similar explosive devices might have been buried by the fleeing insurgents during their stay in the areas.
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