Kano — With less than a week to the Eid-el-Kabir (Sallah) festival, operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano State yesterday destroyed a bomb making factory in Gunduwawa village, Gezawa Local Government Area of the state.
Authorities said the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which were recovered are capable of killing a thousand people and were suspected to be made to disrupt the forth-coming Sallah festivities.
Commander of the 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Kano, Brigadier General Iliyasu I. Abbah and the state's director of the State Security Service (SSS) Mr. Bassey Eteng, addressed a joint news conference on the issue yesterday in Kano.
General Abbah said the materials recovered include three primed cylinders of IEDs, one primed explosive suicide back pack, 18 empty IED cylinders, 24 detonators, small bags of fertilizer, IED timers, cortex wires and three remote control devices.
The security operatives also recovered working tools of the suspected insurgents including five Motorola hand-held radios, four communicators, six alarm clocks, two cartons of nine-volt batteries and one heavy duty battery charger.
Other items recovered according to the commander are one assault rifle, two AK-58 riffle magazines with 193 rounds of 5,56mm ammunition, one AK-47 rifle magazine with 107 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, bows and arrows.
General Abbah said: "The JTF is aware that the terrorists are trying to establish some safe havens on the outskirts of Kano metropolis in order to resume their nefarious activities which had been curbed within the city."
According to him, the terrorists fled the village on approach of the JTF troops and operatives of the SSS.
The Kano state SSS director Mr. Bassey Eteng said the IEDs recovered from the factory are capable of killing 1,000 persons.
He warned residents thus: "People should beware of the latest IEDs the terrorists are producing. It is packaged in a school bag for suicide bomber. They can carry it into the mosque, church and even schools. This is what happened in Boston. This is a trend. It is a kind of copy-cat thing."
During the about four-hour raid, one resident, Zahairu Jibril, a secondary school student was killed by the troops, Daily Trust gathered.
Five women suspected to be wives of the fleeing insurgents were also arrested.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Zahairu's father, Mallam Jibril Audu claimed that his son was wrongly killed, saying he was not a terrorist.
But the SSS director Eteng insisted that "Knowing the people too well, the person that was killed is part of them."