Troops of the Nigeria Army have arrested seven suspected members of the Boko Haram sect with bombs and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs) specialists.
According to a report by the Nation, the terrorists were arrested in Kaduna after painstaking surveillance and proactive intelligence operations over a period of time.
A statement by army’s acting Director of Information Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, 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 Christmas period.
“Recall that recently in Maiduguri some of them were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.
“The arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military have technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field, the terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities.
“Therefore, the public is please requested to continue to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and their movements to 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 northeast.
“They adopt other methods of perpetuating violence in the society.”