The Nigerian Army on Sunday said seven suspected Boko Haram terrorists, who specialize in bomb and Improvised Explosive making Devices, have been arrested in Kaduna.
The army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, in a statement said ”the terrorists were arrested in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over period of time”.
The army spokesman said from all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to conduct suicide bombings, kill and maim innocent citizens in the state and other surrounding areas during the festive period.
“Recall that recently in Maiduguri some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places”, Usman added.
He stated that the arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military has technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field, the terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and attacking isolated communities.
Col. Usman urged members of the public to continue to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies.
”This request has become necessary because the terrorists have resorted to mingling with the public across the country after sensing the futility of their encounter with troops in the north east. Therefore, they adopt other methods of perpetuating violence in the society,” the statement said.