Two Soldiers Killed, Five Wounded in Nigerian Blast
[An Nahar] Two soldiers were killed and five others injured Saturday in an kaboom in Okene city in Nigeria's central Kogi state, an army front man said, adding that they were part of the contingent set to be deployed to Mali.

"We lost two soldiers while five others were maimed when the IED (improvised bomb) planted on their route went off and hit their convoy," Major General Bola Koleoso told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Koleoso said that the soldiers were among the troops being prepared for deployment in Mali as part of an African force to help the country retake its Islamist-controlled north.

"They are soldiers scheduled to go to Mali. We are preparing them ahead of their deployment to Mali," he said without giving further details.

He did not say if the attack, which he said was the handiwork of suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamists, targeted specifically the troops being prepared for the Mali mission.

A contingent of 80 Nigerian troops departed for Mali on Thursday as part of the U.N.-mandated African force

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-20