Members of Boko Haram sect now disguise themselves as fruit sellers in order to carry out attacks on unsuspecting members of the public, the Defence Authorities said on Thursday. The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement that the terrorists had come up with a new strategy to hide bombs in carts loaded with fruits to crowded areas.
He said that the insurgents had used that trick to launch attacks on innocent citizens recently in the North East.
Abubakar said the insurgents who had been defeated by the military were desperate to carry out attacks on soft targets in order to remain relevant.
“In continuation with the sensitisation of our citizens on the devilish strategy of the terrorists, the Nigerian Military authorities have discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists are determined to continue letting off bombs and have resorted to masquerading as fruits and vegetable vendors wheeling Improvised Explosive Devices as groceries into crowded areas.
“The terrorists now hide IEDs under vegetable wares in carts and wheelbarrows and move to crowded places where they detonate them for maximum casualties. The recent terrorists attack in the North East is a case in point.
“Having been effectively dislodged and decimated, the BH terror group has begun some systematic isolated attacks mainly on soft targets in their desperation to remain relevant,” the statement read in part.