The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has warned members of the public that Boko Haram terrorists have now devised a deadly tactic of luring people together in order to bomb them.
A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, Monday, said: “It has come to the knowledge of the DHQ that Boko Haram terrorists have now devised other means of inflicting harm on innocent citizens to further their terrorist cause.”
He said some of such tactics they now use include; crying, feigning pains and shouting to attract sympathy from unsuspecting public.
“When a lot of people of goodwill gather to render help in the process, the suicide bomber detonates bombs which they conceal under their clothes. The recent suicide bombing in Damaturu is instructive,” he explained.
Similarly, he said suicide bombers used monetary incentives and other inducements especially in crowded places to lure innocent citizens in order to cause colossal damage to both lives and property.
He cited the Yola suicide incident ‘as fresh in our memory.’
The DDI further warned the citizenry to be wary of such antics of the terrorists who are losing out in their former enclaves and are now desperate to remain relevant by using any means to perpetuate fear in the minds of the populace.
Abubakar also warned members of the public to be extra vigilant and weary of terrorists’ malevolence in such places as parks, worship centres and recreation spots particularly in this festive period.
“Citizens are advised to report suspicious persons or objects to security agencies for prompt action,” said the defence spokesman.