An improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), reports from Borno State said.
Two members of the local vigilante team reportedly stepped on the bomb believed to have been planted by insurgents along Dikwa, Maiduguri road on Tuesday.
A CJTF member, Ahmadu Kachallah, said the group searching for fleeing Boko Haram fighters in the area when the incident occurred.
He said: “While coming back from our victorious trip, one of our vehicles stepped on IED. The vehicle belonging to members of CJTF Dikwa local government was badly damaged and we lost two of our members, while three others who sustained injury are currently receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital, Maiduguri.
“As you can see, we are just coming back from condolence to the families of those we lost in the incident,” he said. Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, Borno state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and coordinator of the CJTF, has consoled the families of the dead on behalf of Government and people of the northeast state.