An Improvised Explosive Device, IED, believed to have been planted by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, on Friday killed seven passengers and injured three others, the Borno State police commissioner, Lawan Tanko, has confirmed
The explosion occurred at about 7 a.m. in a village called Kuthra in Gwoza Local Government, both witnesses and the police said.
Mr. Tanko said the incident happened when an 18-sitter Toyota bus conveying passengers ran over an IED believed to have been planted by Boko Haram by the side of the road. The IED exploded killing seven passengers and injuring three others that are now receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Gwoza.
A monarch in Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, who broke the news to the state governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri, said he was forced by military officers to delay his trip to the state capital for two hours while the corpses of victims were being evacuated and the area being sniffed for yet to be detonated bombs.
Gwoza is 90km away from Kawuri, the village where gunmen believed to be Boko Haram attacked and killed 85 persons and injuring about 50 others on Sunday.
Scores of people have been killed and thousands displaced in 2014 by Boko Haram activities in Borno. Over 6,000 of the displaced are in Cameroon and Niger Republic, the United Nations had said.
Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa are under emergency rule as soldiers battle to defeat the outlawed Boko Haram sect.
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