A middle-aged man, suspected to be a terrorist, has killed himself with an improvised explosive device (IED) in order to evade arrest by security operatives in Kaduna State.
The incident reportedly occurred in the early hours of Monday at Keke community in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Muhammed Jalige, confirmed the development to Channels Television in a telephone conversation, saying he is awaiting the full details of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Millennium City.
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However, a local source who spoke to Channels Television said that the victim has been on the radar of security agencies who trailed him to an apartment in the Keke community in Chikun local government where he has been hiding.
The source further disclosed that a combined team of policemen, personnel of the Department of State Security Services, and soldiers surrounded the apartment and engaged the suspect in a gun battle.
But sensing that the security operatives were closing in on him, the suspected terrorist blew himself up with an improvised explosive device.
An AK-47 rifle was said to have been recovered inside the man’s apartment, along with two other live explosive devices, that were later safely detonated by the anti-bomb squad of the Kaduna State Police Command.
Meanwhile, the mutilated body of the man was later evacuated from the scene by security operatives who also took his wife and children away for further investigation.