The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has warned Nigerians that Boko Haram insurgents now hide explosive devices in fruits and vegetables which they hawk in carts and wheelbarrows in markets and crowded places in the northeast.
The Nation reports that the warning was contained in a statement made by Colonel Rabe Abubakar, the director of defence information, on Thursday, January 14.
According to the DHQ, the aim of the militants is to disguise as fruits and vegetable vendors to gain ample room to detonate the explosives.
“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 Northeast is a case in point.
“Having been effectively dislodged and decimated, the Boko Haram terror group has begun some systematic isolated attacks mainly on soft targets in their desperation to remain relevant,” the statement read in part.
The DHQ urged Nigerians to constantly be alert to latest terrorist tactics and to report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest security agency.
“While commending the general public and the media for their continuous support so far, all citizens are once again reminded that security is everybody’s concern therefore, they should join hands with the security agencies to eliminate the remnant of the terrorists," it stated.
A few weeks ago, the DHQ warned the public that Boko Haram militants had devised new tactics of inflicting harm on innocent people.
According to the military, the new tactics include crying, feigning pain and shouting to attract sympathy from unsuspecting members of the public before bombing them.