How 10-Year-Old Cattle Breeder Forcefully Strapped With IED Died
He had gone out with his cattle for grazing as usual.
Bukar was not alone in the bush somewhere in Baram and Tamsongamdu villages in Mafa Local Government Area before the encounter with members of the dissident group.
His friend, Umar Bukar, 8, who was also with him, was injured by the explosive.
Police confirmed the death of Bukar on Sunday and narrated how Boko Haram strapped the boy with an IED.
Spokesman for the police in Borno State, Victor Isuzu, said the explosion occurred on Saturday at Delti village in Jere Local Government Council of the state.
“The explosion affected two boys, Gambo Bukar, 10 and Umar Bukar, 8, Fulani boys of Delti village in Jere local government council of the state.
“On Saturday at about 10:00 a.m. they went out for grazing at Baram and Tamsongamdu villages in Mafa local government area.
“The boys came in contact with Boko Haram insurgents. One of them was strapped with an IED vest and set free.
“They returned home at about 4:00 p.m. and failed to disclose their encounter with the terrorists.
“In the process of un-strapping the vest, the IED exploded killing Gambo Bukar alone,” Isuzu said, adding that the other boy who sustained injuries was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
Isuzu disclosed that the command had deployed Explosive Ordinance Detective (EOD) team to secure the area, adding that normalcy has been restored.
Boko Haram may have expected that the boy, being ignorant of the device, would have taken it to his parents or villagers who may have tried to defuse the bomb and it would explode, killing more persons.
Bukar’s death underscores the need for child cattle breeders in the volatile region to get more sensitised about how an IED looks and what to do should they be strapped with such a device.