Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: JTF Kills Two, Intercepts Eight Rocket Launchers - Boko Haram Claims Responsibility of Latest Attacks

Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno, Operation Restore Order yesterday made a great interception as eight rocket launchers other equipment of mass destruction were recovered from the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

According to the Task Force, two members of the sect were killed in the process of interception.

The spokesman of the task force, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa in a press statement last night said the members of the JTF in conjunction with the Department of State Services, Multi National Joint Task Force and other security agencies intercepted large consignment of arms and ammunition including 8 Rocket Propelled Launchers at Daban Masara in Monguno LocalGovernment Area, Borno state based on intelligence.

He further revealed that "the incident happened at about 9 pm on Monday 30 July 2012 during which two suspected Boko Haram terrorists escorting the consignment were killed in an exchange of fire."

Musa said the large consignment was been moved by the sect members from Baga/Daban Masara heading towards Maiduguri in a blue Hilux vehicle with registration number NGU19XA.

Details of the weapons of mass destruction recovered include eight rocket launchers, 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket chargers, two AK 47 rifles, 13 magazines with 6 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a Bank PHB ATM card

The JTF in the release reinstated its appealed to members of the public to provide useful information to security agencies in order to stop the spate of isolated killings in the state.

Meantime, Members of the Jama'atuAhlissunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram had yesterday claimed responsibility for the attacks on police formations in Sokoto.

This was contained in an email statement sent to journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

In the statement signed by the sect's spokesman, Abul Qaqa said 'All praises goes to Almighty Allah. This is a very important message from the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda'awati Wal Jihad.

'We wish to extend our profound gratitude to Almighty Allah for giving us the opportunity to fulfil the promise we made on launching spontaneous attacks in Sokoto.

'We have reasons for all our activities and we only kill those who wronged us. We attacked Sokoto because many of our brethren have been incarcerated there. We are gladdened by the successes we recorded at the office of the AIG in Marina and the police divisional office at Unguwan Rogo as well as the police station at Arkila.

'We wish to reiterate that our crusade is not for personal gain; it is meant to ensure the establishment of an Islamic state by liberating all Muslims from the excesses of the infidels.

We strongly believe that Almighty Allah will reward us with his famous paradise in the hereafter as he rightly said in chapter 9 verse 111 of the Holy Qur'an.

'We want to stress that in our struggle, we only kill government functionaries, security agents, Christians and anyone who pretends to be a Muslim but engage in assisting security agents to arrest us'.

'We wish to strongly warn people to desist from collaborating with security agents. The fact is that we are the warriors of the Almighty and even the security forces are finding it difficult to contain our activities.

'We are also aware of the activities of some women who have been recruited to spy on us. This is a final warning to all of them. By God, whenever we catch any woman spying on us, we would slaughter her like ram.

'We are responsible for the attacks in Bauchi and at the residence of Namadi Sambo in Zaria as well as the one in Damaturu where we bombed a patrol vehicle.

'We equally dealt a big blow on JTF operatives in Maiduguri who, out of frustration went back and killed innocent and defenceless citizens.

'It is erroneous to say that we are killing Muslims. We do not kill innocent Muslims. The fact is the bottom line of our struggle is to set the Muslims free from enslavement. We only kill the unbelievers.'

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