Daily Trust (Abuja)

31 July 2014

Nigeria: 10 Year Old, Two Other Would-Be Bombers Nabbed in Funtua

Katsina/Abuja — The Police foiled a bomb attack in Katsina State on Tuesday night and arrested three persons among whom was a 10 year old girl with explosives tied to her waist.

The incident happened in Tudun Wada, Funtua local government area of Katsina State at about 10.30 pm. The suspects, a male and two girls, have been moved to the command headquarters for further interrogation, Daily Trust gathered.

The suspects believed to be members of the Boko Haram include Iliya Dahiru and two females, Zainab Musa, 18 and Hadiza Musa who is 10 years old.

The three suspects were arrested in a Honda CRV car during a stop and serach operation by police on the road, Coordinator of the National Information Centre Mr. Mike Omeri said yesterday in Abuja.

Ten-year-old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and "immediately Iliya and Zanaib made attempt to escape with the car but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians and subsequently arrested," Omeri said.

The car with registration number MHR 796 AAA, according to a witness, blew up after a hot pursuit from a nearby police check point as the driver became apprehensive and refused to stop. He was boxed into a closed area where he was taken out of the car just as the two female accomplices tried to run before they were apprehended.

As the police were removing the explosives on the suspects, a large explosion rocked the area shattering the glasses of vehicles. No life was lost.

Normalcy has since returned to the Funtua town with people going about their normal businesses. However, security has been beefed up in Katsina metropolis as motorists are now being subjected to checks.

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