Forgotten bomb kills 13 scrap scavengers in northeast Nigeria | Boko Haram News


Armed teams have been focusing on scrap collectors, accusing them of spying for troops and the militia combating them.

13 scrap-metal collectors in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state have died after a bomb they excavated blew up, safety sources instructed AFP.

Sixteen metallic scavengers from a displaced individuals’ camp in Bama discovered the bomb whereas digging for scrap on Monday within the bush on the outskirts of city.

“The bomb exploded as they had been pushing it in a cart towards the city, killing 13 and severely injuring three,” Babakura Kolo, a frontrunner in an area militia, mentioned on Tuesday.

Kolo mentioned the ordnance had apparently been dropped in 2015 throughout navy operations to retake Bama from the Boko Haram armed group.

“It was dormant for seven years and buried within the sand however they managed to dig it out, not understanding it was a bomb,” mentioned a second militia chief, Bukar Grema, who gave the identical toll.

Nigeria’s navy is battling to finish a 13-year battle spearheaded by armed teams like Boko Haram within the nation’s northeast. It has killed greater than 40,000 folks and displaced 2.2 million extra.

Boko Haram seized Bama in 2014 after they took over swaths of territory in northern Borno and declared a so-called caliphate.

In March 2015, Nigerian troops aided by Chadian troopers clawed again a lot of the territory after months-long intensive floor and aerial operations.

Residents who had fled the city returned three years later, with lots of them dwelling in displaced camps because the city was considerably destroyed in the course of the combating to retake it.

A lot of the displaced who stay in camps depend on meals handouts from help companies, forcing many to show to felling timber within the arid area for firewood and scavenging for metallic scraps they promote to purchase meals.

Armed teams have been focusing on scrap collectors, accusing them of spying for troops and the militia combating them.

Final month, fighters from the ISIL-linked Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group killed 10 scavengers in Goni Kurmi village close to Bama the place they’d gone searching for metallic, every week after they killed 23 collectors in close by Dikwa district.

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