THE Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital has said that no fewer than 5 people suspected to be members of Boko Haram have been killed while preparing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) which exploded Sunday in Biu Local Government Area of the state.
Biu is one of the five council areas which is under the state of emergency declared by President Jonathan since January this year.
Field Operations Officer of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State Colonel Victor Ebhaleme confirmed the incident in a telephone interview from Maiduguri.
He said, “We got information that some Boko Haram terrorists were planning to invade Maiduguri from Biu town, 187 kilometers away with a view to causing crises.
This prompted the JTF,331 Battalion in Biu town and the Department of State Security Services to mobilize our men to Biu town where we found pieces of human parts numbering about five destroyed by Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs)” Colonel Ebhaleme said on phone.
Ebhaleme also reveal that “three GPMG,5 AK47 9 Magazines, 73 rounds of ammunition and some Improvised Explosive Devise making materials were recovered from the Boko Haram suspects. Besides, we were able to arrest two of the suspect while trying to flee the bomb making factory”.
He therefore urged the general public not to panic but to go about their normal businesses as JTF is on top of the security challenges affecting the state.