Nigeria: Army discovers another bomb ‘factory’ in Zaria -Arrests 60-year-old supected terrorist

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Dec 1st, 2012

MILITARY authorities on Friday in Kaduna said they had discovered a two-bedroom bungalow in Zaria where Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were manufactured, insisting that they would continue to demolish such buildings used as bomb factories.

They also disclosed that following a tip-off, they arrested a 60-year-old man, Umar Mohammed, within the premises of the building, who is now in their custody.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, made the disclosure at a world press conference. He restated the resolve of the army to keep no stone unturned in the fight against crime and terrorism.

He said the said building had been promptly demolished, warning that any other house found to be used for similar purposes would suffer the same fate.

“We found the house with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in stage one state of readiness and several IED-making components in Zaria city, near Kaduna.

“A sixty-year-old man, Umar Mohammed, was arrested within the premises and in line with our resolve to deter terrorists, the building housing the factory was demolished. The operation was conducted by a combined team of troops of the Nigerian Army, elements of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Security.

“The combined team carried out a cordon and search operation at ‘Kwanar Shahada’, Jushin Ciki, Zaria City, Kaduna State on Thursday, 29th November 2012 from 0130-0800hours(1:30-8:00am), local time. Both the suspect and the items recovered are under custody of the HQ 1 DIV Nigerian Army,” he said.

Items recovered and displayed before newsmen included seven sensor mechanical timers (remote control), 11 primed suicide bombers vests, 36 primed IEDs in Bobo drink cans, one military kitbag with support items like saw, hammer, cellotapes and gums, two gallons of Turkey oil brand with prepared IEDs, seven rolls of wires of various lengths, one bag containing several sensors and 25 nine-volt batteries.

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