LAGOS, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Boko Haram militants have changed tactics to carry out terror activities in Nigeria, the country's military authority said Monday.
This is coming few hours after a total of 12 persons were killed while 18 others sustained various degrees of injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, the capital of the restive northeast Borno State.
The insurgents had employed new methods to attract prey to suicide bomb target, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army said in a statement made available to Xinhua in Lagos, the country's economic hub.
He warned the public to be wary of new tactics devised by Boko Haram insurgents who engage children to unleash suicide bomb attacks.
The insurgents have employed deceptive tactics to attain maximum casualties during suicide bomb mission from the civil populace, the spokesperson added.
Nwachukwu said one of the tactics is to create a fighting scene to attract attention and cause people to gather around them before they detonate their explosives.
"Another antic is by abducting children on errands, strap them with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) vests and send them back home, where the bomb is set to detonate and kill members of the household," he said.
Nwachukwu said the insurgents had recently succeeded in carrying out its nefarious activities and suicide attacks through deceptive tactics.
The Army spokesperson advised members of the public to be wary of these tactics and avoid unnecessary gatherings that could expose them to dangers.
He also urged parents to be vigilant and monitor movement of their children to protect them from being used by insurgents for evil mission.