Kaduna State Police Command has arrested about 174 suspected terrorists in the state within the last two months.
The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar, who disclosed this at a news conference yesterday in Kaduna, also said several materials used for making Improvised Explosive Devices, (IED) were recovered.
Abubakar said 27 of the suspects were arrested in the Rigasa area of the metropolis where several policemen had been killed in the past while 147 of the suspects were arrested during the recent crisis in the state.
He revealed that the police in its efforts to clampdown on criminal elements, a confessed terrorist led a team of detectives from the command’s Anti Robbery Squad to Rafin-Guza area of the city where a house, believed to be the hide out of terrorists was raided.
Some of the items recovered, according to the police commissioner, include different cans of explosives, a bomb making powder, four military uniforms, two bags of chemical used in making bombs, two masks, one AK 47 magazine with 27 rounds of live ammunition among others.
The police commissioner also commended the bravery of youths in Mahuta and Rigasa areas for aiding the arrest of two gunmen who invaded their communities on Sunday to terrorise them.
Abubakar disclosed that seven people were injured from gunshots by the hoodlums who were eventually arrested by the youths after their bullets were exhausted, adding that those that were injured were taken to the Army Hospital in Kaduna.
“Police and army patrol teams assisted by the youths who went in hot pursuit and arrested two of the cultprits namely Nura Abubakar and Mohammed Kabir at Mahuta village with injuries and handed them over to the police.
Some IEDS were recovered from them” the police commissioner said.