Security operatives in Kano say they have discovered three suspected bomb factories in Sharada, Gaida Ajawa on the Eastern Bye-pass and Mariri, and impounded a large consignment of arms and ammunition. Three members of the Islamic Extremist group were arrested.
three suspected bomb factories in Sharada, Gaida Ajawa on the Eastern Bye-pass
and Mariri, and impounded a large consignment of arms and ammunition. Three members of the Islamic Extremist group were arrested.
(JTF), Captain Ikedichi Iweha, said in a press statement in Kano today that the
three buildings, which were found in three separate raids, were demolished,
adding that they served as bomb factories for the terrorist group.
The spokesman of the Joint Task Force
the sect’s bomb making specialist, who was nabbed at the Farm Centre.
Among those arrested, he disclosed, was
the raid, according to Captain Iweha, included six AK 47 rifles, General
Purpose machine guns, SMG magazine, PPK pistol, two smoke guns and 189 rounds
of AK 47 ammunition.
The dangerous weapons intercepted during
ammunitions, eight rounds of 9mm for PKK pistols, and 15 handheld IEDs,
containers of liquid chemical substance and 11 bags of nitrate fertilizers.
Other items were: 43 rounds of 5.56 mm
Part of the JTF statement read in part:
search operations, being carried out by JTF in Kano, the JTF wishes to inform
the general public that in the early hours of this morning, March 28, 2013, a
combined team of operatives stormed a residence at Geida Ajawa on Kano-Western
Bye-pass being used as an armoury by terrorists and assorted dangerous weapons
“Sequel to the series of cordon and
been a rise in recent times of the activities of terrorists in the state, this
may not be unconnected with the influx of terrorists fleeing from Maiduguri,
Damaturu, Potiskum as a result of pressure being mounted on them by JTF
operatives in these areas.
“You may have observed that there has
fact that these terrorists secure accommodation easily in Panshikara, Mariri,
Farawa, Hotoro , Sharada and other part s of the city, despite appeals by the
JTF to property owners to desist from renting out their to terrorists.
Captain Iweha said more worrisome is the
would allow Kano to be used as a haven for terrorists and restated the resolve
of the Task Force to pull down any property found to accommodate
terrorists, in addition to arresting the owners of such properties, who would
be treated as accomplices.
He stated further that JTF in the state
security has been beefed up, while the war against terrorism intensified,
in order to usher in a violent-free Easter celebration.
He assured members of the public that
JTF patrols in town had been increased and new checkpoints introduced. He
appealed for the cooperation of Kano residents in the war against terrorism by
obliging useful information and other vital clues to the Task Force.
“In the light of the Easter celebration,
Police in the state intercepted a bomb-laden vehicle, suspected to have been
primed for a suicide attack.
It would recalled that on Wednesday,