At least five killed in Nigeria as van strikes Boko Haram mine

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) – A resident said at least five farmers are dead and dozens are wounded in northeastern Nigeria after their vehicle struck a land mine buried by Boko Haram extremists.

Bello-Indimi Zabarmari said the blast occurred on Wednesday. He said the mine was planted as the extremists fled after trying to attack Khaddamari town outside Maiduguri city in Borno state on the eve of the February 23 elections.

Zabarmari said the farmers defied soldiers’ warnings not to use the road because they wanted to reach their cucumber farms.

He said four died at the scene and a fifth died at a hospital. A security source who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to reporters had estimated seven dead.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency is now a decade old.