It was an unmemorable encounter for two Nigerian boys who went out on Saturday for grazing in Borno state but ended up meeting some Boko Haram terrorists. A ten-year-old Fulani boy herding cattle was killed while his 8 years old younger brother sustained injuries in an explosion from a suicide bomb belt forcefully strapped around the elder’s body by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
According to reports, the tragic incident started at about 10 o’clock in the morning on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, when 10-year old Gambo Bukar and 8-year Umar Bukar, from Jere Local Government Area, went out for grazing in Baram and Tamsongamdu villages in Mafa Local Government Area also in Borno state.
The insurgents caught them and forcefully strapped a suicide bomb belt on the elderly kid with a warning that it must not be removed until they got back home.
They returned home at about 4 o’clock in the evening but failed to disclose their encounter with the terrorists.
“In the process of unstrapping the vest, the IED exploded killing Gambo Bukar alone, while Umar Bukar sustained injuries and was hospitalized. Scene was visited and the area rendered safe by police EOD team. Normalcy has since been restored to the area,” PRNigeria said.
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