Nigeria defence wary of prevalent cluster bombs
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Defence Headquarters has alerted Nigerians living in the North East and any other parts of the country to keep a lookout for cluster bombs.
The alert comes after the Nigerian Army Engineers serving in Adamawa State recovered some catches of these bombs in the contested areas in recent times.
These are sometimes called scatter bombs.
The military high command said it had discovered the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the areas have used such lethal instruments over time to push their callous terrorist cause, the uniformed forces said.
For easy identification, the forces said, it was important to note that cluster bombs are bombs that housed submunitions.
These are smaller explosives contained in individual cases.
Such bombs are used against large areas containing many targets, such as columns of vehicles, marketplaces, places of worship or large troop concentration.
Cluster bombs carry several hundred of small explosives wrapped in a metal container like a pot while others carry larger submunitions that can find specific targets such as tanks.
Some of these submunitions do not blow up immediately, but remain behind and act as landmines.
This can be an acceptable explanation for the recovery of catches of these bombs by Nigerian Army Engineers in the area.
The general publics has thereby requested to be wary of such concealed dangerous equipment now being used by the terrorist elements to cause havoc to both lives and property.
The Defence advissed the public to report such objects/materials if seen to security agencies for prompt action.
“The terrorists are desperate and frustrated and could use any cruel instrument to actualize their evil intention,” the Defence said.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to continue to cooperate with the security agencies by giving timely information to secure our great country.”
– CAJ News
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