By Ibrahim Shuaibu and Michael Olugbode
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) allegedly placed inside a gutter adjacent to the Army Barrack in Bukavu, Kano State Wednesday exploded at about 9 pm.
The explosion however occurred on a day the the Joint Task Force (JTF) killed a suspected Boko Haram member shortly after the group invaded a house killing a retired civil servant in Borno State.
But the explosion, which took place near a shopping complex around Dantata, was said to be a small IED which exploded but did not hurt anybody.
An eye witness account said though there were no casualties, residents of the area were however thrown into panic as a result of the explosion.
Spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the incident, saying: “The explosion occurred adjacent to the army barrack in Bukavu at a nearby shopping complex inside a gutter.
“It’s true there are minor explosions and no injury was recorded because it exploded when there was no anybody around.”
Reports also said soldiers had cordoned off the scene of the explosion, barring civilians from staying around the area.
It was also learnt that commercial activities were hurriedly closed down by the traders around the army barrack, the road was deserted as commercial and private cars stay off the area for their safety.
Meanwhile, the JTF in Maiduguri in a statement by its spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, said: “At about 1300 hours today, suspected Boko Haram sect on a tricycle machine (KEKE NAPEP) where led to a house of a retired civil servant located at Bulunkutu Tsallake in Maiduguri metropolis and shot him dead.”
The statement further read that “JTF cordoned and searched the area which resulted in the killing of one of the terrorists.”
The spokesman further revealed that the task force was able to recover the tricycle that was used to launch the attack.
He also disclosed that last night they were still searching the area for the other sect members involved in the killing of the retired civil servant.
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