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Army arrests Boko Haram ‘wanted’ kingpin

COAS Major General Tukur Buratai
COAS Major General Tukur Buratai


Troops of the Nigerian Army, Sunday, arrested one of the Boko Haram terrorists on the ‘wanted’ list, one Mr John Trankil at the Maiduguri cattle Market (Kasuwar Shanu) in Maiduguri metropolis.

The Army in a statement signed by its Media Coordinator, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Tukur Ismail Gusau said “preliminary investigation revealed that 9 of them sneaked into the Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city”.

The statement said the theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious particularly at all check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools.

In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, while on offensive operations on Boko Haram terrorists location, with the support from the Nigerian Airforce discovered and destroyed the terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.

Col Gusau said items recovered include gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles. Others include locally made rocket shells, large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area.

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