No fewer than seven local hunters were killed by a landmine left by Boko Haram militants in a village near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to report, the landmine scattered the vehicles of the local hunters who were pursuing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that hustled cows from areas in Jere local government area of Borno, also wounded 19 other hunters.
Both Senator Kashim Shettima, representing Borno Central in the Senate and Hon. Ahmed Satomi representing Jere Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
Satomi said: “It was sad that seven local hunters were lost to a landmine with 19 others injured.”
He said: “Hunters on patrol after receiving an alert that Boko Haram had carted away some cattle from some villages decided to pursue them, but unfortunately they hit a landmine in their pursuit.
“On their way after a village called Kayamla in Konduga after Alau Dam, they hit a landmine and their vehicle got broken and they had to call for reinforcement from a nearby unit.
“The reinforcement came with a vehicle loaded with about 20 local hunters which moved to support the first vehicle and on their way they hit another landmine which scattered their vehicles killing seven and injuring 19 others.”
He disclosed that the incident happened about 30 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.
One of the survivors, Abubakar Gambo, had told journalists in Maiduguri that they were 19 onboard their patrol truck when they heard a loud bang.
“We were on patrol along Kayamla route when one of the rear tyres of our Toyota Land Cruiser truck exploded.
“We thought it was a common tyre burst, but we later discovered it was a bomb blast,” Gambo explained.
He has also said while they were trying to change the tyre, they spotted some Boko Haram gunmen creeping towards them, which made them to begin to fire in their direction while calling for a backup.
Gambo said the Boko Haram terrorists afterward fled and left some rustled herds of cows behind.
On Sunday evening in a village near the Gamboru/Cameroun border, about four soldiers were reportedly killed in an Impoverished Explosive Devices (IEDs) ambush.
Boko Haram attacks have increased in recent times on the highway and in villages in parts of Borno State.