An armoured tank belonging to the Nigerian military and used in the battle against insurgents, caught fire and caused explosions on Monday, December 30, in Damaturu, Yobe state.
The Nation has reported that there was confusion across Damaturu, the state capital following the explosions. It said many residents scampered for safety in the heat of the confusion.
It also quoted a witness as saying the incident happened opposite the Federal Polytechnic Damaturu as the soldiers were on their way back to base.
The report quoted the spokesperson of the Operation Lafiya Dole Sector II, Captain Njoka Irabor, as confirming the incident and describing it as unfortunate.
Captain Irabor, however, said there was no attack on any part of the town and that residents should go about their activities without fear. It was learnt that fire fighters were deployed to the scene.
The incident happened about 24 hours after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai, charged troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole deployed at Madagali in Adamawa state not to give terrorists any breathing space.
Buratai made the comment while addressing the troops during a visit on Sunday, December 29, urging them to maintain the current tempo of the onslaught against the insurgents.