The Joint Military Taskforce yesterday launched a pre-emptive strike on the hideout of suspected Islamists Group allegedly planning mayhem during the forthcoming Eid Fitr in Kano destroyed a bomb factory that also serves as operational base of the insurgents at Tudun Bayero, Gada Tamburawa outskirt of Kano metropolis.
However, no fewer than three suspects were picked up during the dawn operation that involved several troops, as large quantities of arms and ammunition were seized by the Nigerian troops during the dawn operations.
Briefing newsmen at the headquarters of 3 motorized Brigade, Nigeria Army Kano, the Kano Director of Department of State Service, DSS, Mr. Basssey Eteng revealed that the “Bomb factory cum operational base is located in an obscure area of Tudun Bayero village was initially used as a sachet water factory but rented and converted to poultry farm by the Islamist Group to shied their nefarious activities”.
“JTF conducted a pre emptive raid on suspected hideout of terrorist group planning to unleash mayhem in Kano during the forthcoming Eid Fitr and wish to inform you that it was a very successful operation hat yielded clues into our fight against terrorism”, Bassey Eteng revealed.
Eid Fitr which is barely 8 days on today is a Muslim festival celebrated worldwide to mark the end of a month long Ramadan fasting and Kano emirate usually celebrate it in colours by rolling out horses for durbar with the emir visiting designated quarters .
The long list of item seized by the troops during the operations includes a laptop containing sensitive material, 6 maps, 12 primed bomb cylinder, 9 unprimed, 12 handheld Improvised Explosive Device, 8 AK 47 magazines, 3 FN magazines, 1 SMG magazines, 2 pomp action, and 4 SMG guns.
Other items recovered from the hideout includes 7.6 MATO 62 round, 9mm 65 rounds, 7.62 special438 rounds, 5.56mm 0f 184 rounds, 10 bags of Urea, 26 packs of long size banger, 64 packs of short size banger, 10 electronic detonator, army camouflage, banner with Arabic inscriptions, and masks.
Mr Bassey Eteng stated that “we have commenced robust investigation to unravel more facts and want to assured the public that we also have in our procession sufficient material that will aide the cause of our investigation”.
He tasked the general public to continue to offer their support by reporting suspected terrorist in their midst, assuring that the authority will continue to treat same with utmost confidentiality.
SEIZED WEAPONS OF MASS ATTACK
10 electronic detonators
12 handheld Improvised Explosive Device
12 primed bomb cylinders
9 unprimed bomb cylinders
8 AK 47 magazines
7.62 special, 438 rounds
5.56mm, 184 rounds
1 Sub-Machine-Gun magazines
2 pomp action
7.6 MATO, 62 round
9mm, 65 rounds
10 bags of Urea
26 packs of long-sized banger
64 packs of short-size banger
Laptop containing sensitive information
3 FN magazines
Banner with Arabic inscriptions