JTF uncovers large cache of bombs in Kano & kills more Boko Haram militants in Maiduguri

Following Monday’s killing of a Boko Haram kingpin suspected to be its spokeman, Abu Qaqa, and the arrest of two others, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) has uncovered a large cache of locally made bombs prepped for launching attacks on various targets in Kano, the Kano State capital.

The special military task force said in a statement Tuesday that 36 prepared improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were part of the recovery made by the security operatives during the capture of two members of the terrorist sect.

JTF spokesman in Kano, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, said in a statement that the security agency, after the Monday incident, raided the suspects’ heavily-wired hideout, believed to be the sect’s control centre in Kano, during which two AK 47 rifles, two pump action rifles, one berretta rifle and one smoke discharger were seized.

The JTF, during the raid, also impounded 433 rounds of 7.62 Nato ammunition, 80 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, two AK 47 magazines, 13 laptops, two motorcycles, four printers, one photocopier, one 33 slots Zenith disc writer, a generating set, religious books, large quantities of CD plates and two decoders.

Other items removed from the hideout included two satellite dishes, a 21'' television set, one DVD player, two bags of fertiliser and 10 hand held Motorola radios.

Iweha added that the killing of the Boko Haram chief and the arrest of two others had foiled the group’s planned attack on Kano.

Meanwhile, 13 suspected Gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram sect were yesterday killed when they attacked a Military Patrol Vehicle in Maiduguri,Borno State.

One Soldier was also killed during the attack while three others sustained injury during the attack.

It was learnt that trouble started when the militant group threw an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) at an Operational Vehicle of Military.

An Hospital source at the State Specialist Hospital who prefered anonimity for security reasons, confirmed that 14 dead bodies were brought to the hospital last night. "14 people were brought here dead by the JTF Van." The Hospital source said.