In an attempt to frustrate the advancing of ground troops, terrorists of the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, have devised a new method of planting Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, on highways and operational routes in the North East.
While the troops succeeded in diffusing some of the landmines during their operations, PRNigeria gathered that many innocent travellers have been killed, mostly from locally-manufactured IEDs.
Notorious areas where terrorists plant IEDs are Maiduguri, Damboa, Biu, Bama, Banki, Gwoza, Buni Yadi, Malam Fatori and Kukawa, among others, PRNigeria’s investigation revealed.
Military intelligence sources said it takes a long time for troops to defuse landmines with sweepers.
“Military movements that should take minutes, for instance, takes several hours and sometimes days in scanning and rescanning the environment for IEDs, so as to ensure the safety of troops,” one of the sources told PRNigeria.
Recently, the Theater Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa identified the detection and diffusing of IEDs as a major challenge in the fight against insurgency in the region.
He insisted that “troops must scan areas where it is conducting patrols before going for any operation, and scan again while returning.”