The Nigerian Army on Sunday raided a suspected hideout for Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in Kano, sparking a clash that left 15 people dead, the military said.
According to the military who claimed that those killed included 14 suspected Islamists and one soldier, the extremists were planning an Easter day attack in the city.
Residents of the largest northern city reported hearing gunfire and explosions early on Sunday as soldiers battled the Islamists.
“In the raid, 14 terrorists were killed and their commander was arrested,” Army Brigadier-General Ilyasu Abba told reporters.
“We lost one soldier in the encounter and one other was badly injured.”
The military also claimed to have recovered weapons, including a car loaded with explosives which Abba said was “primed for attack against Easter in Kano.”
The hideout, which comprised two attached flats, was destroyed by a bulldozer on the orders of Abba, as with previous hideouts.
Nigeria has in the past seen major attacks on Christian holidays blamed on Boko Haram.
A bombing in the northern city of Kaduna on Easter last year killed 41 people.
Violence linked to Boko Haram’s insurgency has left some 3,000 people dead since 2009, including killings by the security forces.