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IED explosion from ‘suspected Boko Haram members’ kills one in Edo

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One person was killed in Iddo-Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State on Monday following an alleged explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) in an apartment in the area.

It was gathered that two other people sustained serious injuries from the explosion which chopped off the suspect’s hand.

It was further gathered that the building where the IED was being manufactured is a three-bedroom apartment occupied by some men alleged to be from Kogi State.

It is not immediately clear if they are terrorists but IEDs are known weapons used by the Boko Haram sects in the Northern part of Nigeria.

A resident of the community who only gave his name as Simon, said they heard an explosion in a building at the outskirts of the area, adding that when they got there, they saw one person lying on the ground while a vehicle was rushing out of the place.

He said the community was not aware that IED was being manufactured there until the explosion, and that youths in the area stormed the building and apprehended other occupants and chased the vehicle.

The source said a vehicle already loaded with prepared explosives and other arms and ammunition was abandoned by the driver who escaped into the bush.

The President, Iddo Youth, Mohammad Mohammad, said some of the suspects were arrested and handed over to the police.

The state Police Commissioner, Babatunde Johnson Kokumo, said he would address the press on the matter today.

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