New tactics of the Islamic sect's mode of operations have been uncovered. The Nigerian government said on Thursday that it had uncovered plans by Boko Haram to use cobblers, and livestock to bomb public places.
This was disclosed by the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, who said that the group was planning to start using the new method to inflict more terror on the people of Nigeria.
"The insurgents plan to hide explosives in the tool boxes of the cobblers and detonate them at markets, political rallies, ATM points, restaurant and places of worship.
"There is also indication of a plan to use livestock such as goats, cows, donkey and camels laden with explosives to attack chosen targets.
"In view of this, the general public, including persons operating within and around the aforementioned places, is advised to be vigilant," Omeri said as he urged the public to be mindful of suspicious activities in their environment.
Omeri confirmed the release of some persons taken captive by the Boko Haram sect in Yobe, adding that they were in military custody undergoing counseling. He also disclosed that they would be released to their families after the counseling.
He said government's team, made up of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Red Cross traveled to Niger Republic on Wednesday to distribute relief materials to 100,000 displaced persons.
Among the materials distributed, he said, included 540 metric tonnes of foodstuff, which they said would go a long way to alleviate the plight of the IDPs.