LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A Boko Haram bomb maker, Awana Gaidam, has reportedly died after he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device he made by himself.
The 39-year-old chief bomb maker, apart from his high status in the command structure of the Boko Haram terrorists, was one of their capable hands involved in making of IEDs.
He was said to have planted the IED that killed him for the Nigerian troops in Borno State.
According to report obtained by Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad region from intelligence sources, which was made available to journalists, the bomb struck his vehicle along Njumia and Arra in the Sambisa Forest 27 March, killing him instantly.
The sources said that Awana had planted bombs in strategic positions to fortify his camp within the Sambisa Forest but little did he know that he plotted it against himself, which blew him and shattered his body into pieces.
“Since 2022, Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province have carried out more than 90 indiscriminate attacks in the North-East using Improvised Explosive Devices.
“The insurgents resorted to the use of IEDs as a result of the increased and sustained pressure by the joint efforts of the Nigerian Army, Air Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai with support of the combined troops of the Multination Joint Task Force, Niger, Cameroon and Chad in the Lake Chad sub-region.
“Therefore, the killing of Awana represents a serious blow to the operational capability of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, terrorists group,” the publication said.
The insurgents resorted to the use of IEDs as a result of the increased and sustained pressure on them by the joint efforts of the Nigerian Army, Air Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai with support of the combined troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Niger, Cameroon and Chad in the Lake Chad sub-region.