Joint troops of the Nigerian Army and the State Security Service (SSS) have successfully foiled an imminent attack on Kano by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
In a statement on Friday, army spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said the troops of the 3 Brigade Nigerian Army, in close cooperation with the SSS, raided the terrorists’ hideout in the early hours of Friday in the Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
He said the operation was to uncover and apprehend suspected Boko Haram terrorists believed to be planning a major operation in the state.
The army spokesperson said the troops apprehended two suspects, who are now in custody.
“During the operation, the joint troops recovered five AK 47 Rifles, five AK 47 Rifle Magazines, one Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG and five RPG Bombs.
“Others are six hand grenades, five pairs of desert camouflage uniforms, 10 pairs of magazine pouches and some Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials,” he said.
Mr Nwachukwu said interagency cooperation between the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, as exemplified in the conduct of the operation, was a testament to the strength of their collective resolve to defeat insurgency and other security challenges.
He added that the successful operation reinforced the Nigerian Army’s unwavering commitment to protecting the lives and property of citizens.
“The Nigerian Army reiterates its dedication to the protection of our beloved nation and appreciates the support and trust of the Nigerian people,” he added.