The Department of State Services (DSS) says that the Service and troops of the Nigerian Army and Police Force, in the early hours of last Monday raided hideouts of insurgents/terrorists in parts of Kaduna and Kano States, dislodging them.
During the raid in Kaduna State, the terrorists deployed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) against the fighting forces, according to a statement by Dr. Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer of the DSS.
He said: “One of the terrorists who wore suicide jacket blew himself up, while three suspects were arrested.
“Items recovered upon a search on the group’s accommodation, after Police EOD had diffused other IEDs, were: two suicide jackets, one AK-47 rifle, a pistol and one laptop.
“In Kano State, two suspects were arrested while recovered items include: a pistol, 11 mobile phones, two hand grenades, one fully charged AK-47 magazine, two empty AK-47 magazines, one Peugeot 307 car and an ID card belonging to a suspect that escaped.
“Intelligence had earlier revealed that high profile terrorist targets were regrouping in the North-West to carry out dastardly acts in the area,” he said.
Afunanya added that “Military operations in the North-East forced the insurgents to escape to the North-West and Central zones where they are establishing active cells”.
Similarly, the PRO alleged that certain persons are desperate to undermine the transition process, but assured that “the Service will resist this and ensure a seamless event” and also provide secure environment for legitimate businesses by law abiding citizens and residents.