At least eight repentant Boko Haram terrorists were reportedly killed and one other injured on Monday in Bama local government area of Borno state after they mistook an undetonated improvised explosive device (IED) for scrap metals.
It was learnt that the repentant terrorists were killed after sneaking out of Bama town to do business of scrap metals with some Boko Haram terrorists in a market known as “Daula” located in the outskirt of Goniri village in Bama.
The Ex-militantants were said to be among the 1,000 persons that were recently reintegrated back into Bama community and were resettled at Government Girls Secondary School Bama.
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According to Zagazola Makama, A Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad, a military source said the ex-militant allegedly recieved the Scrabs from their former colleagues (Boko Haram), who are still hiding in Sambisa forest without knowing that some of the items included an undetonated IED that was abandoned in the aftermath of Military Offenssive.
The source said that the transaction between the ex- Boko Haram and their former colleagues was not something new, in many cases when they provided them with scraps, they exchanged it with food items, like maize, salt, Maggi and other non food items like clothing, petrol and medicine.
“After receiving the items, they will stay in the outskirt of Bama town to dismantle it into pieces known as Ajakuta, before bringing them into the town to sell to their agents.
“They were in the process of dismantling the ions when the bomb exploded, killing eight of them instantly while only one of them survived with injuries.
“Some of them lost two of their legs, some were decapitated beyond recognition while some of them were shattered into pieces by the explosives,” he said.
The source also said that eight lifeless bodies of the victims have been moved to the hospital in Bama.