Eight people lost their lives after a vehicle conveying them accidentally drove over landmines in Warabe village, few kilometres away from Gwoza local government headquarters in Borno State.
It was gathered that the victims, who were in a civilian convoy under military protection, veered off the road in an attempt to overtake another vehicle when their vehicle hit the device.
According to Military and civilian militia sources, Boko Haram jihadists may have been responsible for planting the mines. It was also gathered that seven more people from the other vehicle were injured from the explosion.
The convoy had left Gwoza and was heading to Pulka some 20 kilometres away on the border with Cameroon before the sad incident occurred.
Recall that in 2014 the Boko Haram terrorist seized Gwoza, which they renamed “Darul Hikma” (“House of Wisdom” in Arabic), and declared it the headquarters of their short-lived caliphate before it was later reclaimed by the Nigerian troops.
Despite the victory on the part of the Nigerian military, the group still launches sporadic attacks on troops and civilians.
Three people were injured and a mosque was partially damaged last month when grenades were fired into Gwoza from a hilltop outside the town.