A file photo taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian soldiers patrolling in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp near Maiduguri. | AFP/Quentin Leboucher/Getty Images

NAN – The Nigerian Army on Friday alerted Borno residents on purported plans by Boko Haram terrorists to use beggars for suicide attacks.

The Media Coordinator of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State, Col. Mustapha Anka, said this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“The attention of the Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to a terrorists’ intention to use beggars to cause mayhem in the state.

“Under the plan, concealed explosives in bundles of firewood are to be placed in crowded and strategic areas of Maiduguri and environs to cause havoc,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Anka as saying in the statement.

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