The Nigerian public have been warned by the military to beware of Boko Haram terrorists who now disguise as fruit and vegetable sellers pushing their wares in wheelbarrows and carts.
Defence spokesman, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja obtained by the Street Journal on Friday.
According to the statement, the military has discovered that Boko Haram terrorists now disguise as legitimate fruit and vegetable sellers to smuggle Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) within groceries to crowded areas.
It said that the new tactic in use by the insurgents is aimed at unleashing deadly attacks on public soft targets,and warned the public to be on red alert of the terrorists at all times.
The statement also called on members of the public to be vigilant and report the movement of any such suspicious persons to security agencies for prompt response.
The statement reads:
“In continuation with the sensitization of our citizens on the devilish strategy of the terrorists, the Nigerian Military authorities have discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists are determined to continue letting off bombs and have resorted to masquerading as fruits and vegetable vendors wheeling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as groceries into crowded areas.
“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 North East is a case in point.
“Having been effectively dislodged and decimated the BH terror group has begun some systematic isolated attacks mainly on soft targets in their desperation to remain relevant.
“The Defence Headquarters hereby advises the general public to constantly be alert to this latest terrorist tactics and to report promptly 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.”