Sokoto – The Nigerian Army said on Thursday that a suspected terrorist had been shot dead by soldiers and the State Security Services (SSS) in a joint operation in Sokoto.

Brig.-Gen. Tasi’u Ibrahim, the Commander, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Sokoto, said at a news conference in Sokoto that the incident took place in Gidan-Dare, near Sokoto.

According to Ibrahim, one suspect was also captured alive while 11 family members of the suspected terrorists were rescued and secured.

He said that five of the secured members were women, including two pregnant women and children.

” The pregnant women are now receiving ante-natal care at the Brigade’s clinic,” he said.

The commander said the operation was carried out after a tip-off, adding that ”the house was being used as a terrorist hide-out’’.

He said there were no fatalities on the side of the army or SSS.

‘’ The operation was clinically and carefully carried out and in line with the existing global rules of engagement,’’ he added.

Ibrahim said some of the weapons recovered from the house included six AK 47 and one pomp action rifles, 13  explosive devices and a vehicle with registration number EL 295 ABJ.

Others are: 13 magazines of ammunitions, seven IED-making materials, 32 batteries, one axe, four phones, 56 SIM cards, three memory cards, 10 cartons of milk and N76,685 cash.

‘’This group of people do not wish Nigeria and the state well. In this holy month of Ramadan, one may wonder how these people are hell-bent in causing the breach of the peace.

‘’All well-meaning and law-abiding Nigerians will continue to be protected and secured.

“The army will make every effort to ensure that the innocent do not suffer.’’

While commending the people of the state for their sustained cooperation to the security agencies, Ibrahim cautioned the residents against renting their houses to unknown persons.

The conference was attended by Air Commodore Hanbali Tukur, the Commander, 55 Forward Operation Base, Nigeria Air Force, Sokoto; the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Shu’aibu Gambo and the  Director of SSS, Alhaji Jubril Danmalam.(NAN)

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