Defence Headquarters warns about cluster bombs

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has alerted Nigerians living in the
North East and any other parts of the country “to keep a lookout for
Cluster Bombs, sometimes called scatter bombs as the Nigerian
Army Engineers serving in Adamawa State have recovered some
catches of these bombs in the contested areas in recent time.”
In a statement issued by Rabe Abubakar, the Acting Director
Defence Information, he said, “The military high command has
discovered that the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the areas have
used such lethal instruments over time to push their callous
terrorist cause. For easy identification, it is important to note that
cluster bombs are bombs that house submunitions, that is,
smaller explosives contained in individual cases. These bombs are
used against large areas containing many targets, such as
columns of vehicles, marketplaces, places of worship or large
troop concentration as the case may be.
“Some cluster bombs carry several hundred of very small
explosives wrapped in a metal container like a pot while others
carry larger submunitions that can find specific targets such as
tanks. Some of these submunitions do not blow up immediately,
but remain behind and act as landmines. This can be an
acceptable explanation for the recovery of catches of these bombs
by Nigerian Army Engineers in the area.
“The general publics are hereby requested to be wary of such
concealed dangerous equipment now being used by the terrorist
elements to cause havoc to both innocent lives and property. The
public is also advised to report such objects/materials if seen to
security agencies for prompt action. The terrorists are desperate
and frustrated and could use any cruel instrument to actualize
their evil intention.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to continue to cooperate
with the security agencies by giving timely information to secure
our great country.”

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