Four Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists were killed in San San village, Mobbor local government area, Borno State, by their own Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The terrorists’ bomb exploded as they were planting IEDs near the route of the 5 Brigade troops on Wednesday, shattering their bodies into pieces.
Meanwhile, MNJTF Sector 4 troops stationed on Chetima Wongonu have discovered an IED near Chetimari Village.
“Prior to the incident, suspected ISWAP terrorists opened fire at night in Chetimari, hoping to lure the troops into the IEDs,” he said.
“However, the troops resisted and later discovered the IEDs at about 6:30pm and were subsequently demobilised,” the officer said.
Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, discovered that despite severe battlefield defeats and losses of territory, supplies, and manpower, the insurgents had increased their use of IEDs.
“The terrorists deployed PBIEDs (person borne IEDs), VBIEDs (vehicle borne IEDs), remote control and timed devices, in defensive positions or for ambushes.
“The tactical use of IEDs to defend enemy positions as well as ambush friendly and allied forces’ lines of communication is likely to continue and, in some sectors, become the only form of combat as Boko Haram becomes increasingly incapable of mounting major combat operations,” the source said.