Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 November 2012

Nigeria: Army Demolishes Bomb Factory in Zaria, Recovers Suicide Bomber Gear

Kaduna — A combined team of Army, police and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) have demolished a bomb making factory at Kwanar Shahada in Zaria city of Kaduna state.

The demolition of the bomb factory was carried out days after two bombers struck at the Jaji military Cantonment killing 15 persons and injuring many persons.

Addressing newsmen, the spokesperson of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said a 60-year-old man, Umaru Mohammed was arrested within the premises of the bomb factory.

He said the operation which was carried out at the early hours of Thursday lasted for over six hours.

"During the operation, a two-bedroom bungalow of bomb making factory was discovered in which Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in stage one state of readiness," he said.

He said they recovered 17 remote controls; 11 primed suicide bomber vests, 36 primed IEDs in bobo cans and two gallons of paint containing prepared IEDs.

Other items recovered, according to him includes two gallons of turkey oil brand with prepared IEDs; 7 rolls of wires; one bag containing sensors and 25 batteries.

" Both the suspect and the items recovered are under our custody. We will like to commend the efforts of the well-meaning citizens that reported the matter," he said.

While appealing to the public to report any suspicious movement, establishments or persons in their environment to them, he assured that any information provided would be treated with absolute confidentiality.

" The fight against terrorism is a collective one that we must all contribute for us to overcome. We are dealing with people that are on the other side and as such we must all work together ," he said.

Daily Trust reports that many bomb factories have been demolished in Rigasa, Igabi local government area and Zaria in recent time by security agencies.

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