This Day (Lagos)

30 September 2012

Nigeria: Two Killed As Security Agents Raid Boko Haram Hideout in Zaria

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Scene of bomb explosion

Security agencies Sunday recorded yet another major success in the fight against terrorism when they raided a hide out and bomb manufacturing outfit of suspected Boko Haram members in Gaskiya Lay-Out area of Zaria, Kaduna State.

Two of the sect members were said to have been killed in the explosion that occurred during the raid while others were arrested with several weapons and vehicles recovered.

A joint military, police and SSS team was said to have stormed a house located at the Gaskiya Lay -Out around 2 am on Sunday following information that the house was a hideout and a bomb manufacturing based for the members of the dreaded Islamic sect.

Guns, bomb making equipment and some vehicles were said to have been recovered during the operation.

Sources said the area was condoned off by armed soldiers and police and no one was allow into or out of the Gaskiya area.

Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Adefemi Adenaike, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with THISDAY in Kaduna, said there was no problem as the situation was under control.

He explained that "It is a joint military, police and SSS operation that we started on Thursday. Some suspected members were traced to that area and we discovered that they are manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) there. So we eventually stormed the place this morning (Sunday) at about 2am and that was the cause of the explosion.

"Some guns, vehicles and IED making materials were recovered. I can't give you any number now because I want them to be brought to Kaduna. But there is no cause for alarm. They died, we are ok. The uniformed services are ok, but they (suspects) died."

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