November 20, 2013

JTF raids insurgents hideout, kills 2, recovers weapons of war

By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano.
KANO – The Joint Military Taskforce Tuesday morning conducted a raid on the insurgent hideout located at Gayawa village , Ungogo local Government area of Kano State culminating in the death of two suspected gunmen.

The combat operation which lasted about one and half hours was a product of an intelligence build up by the military following the arrest of fleeing suspects from Maiduguri in Katsina.

However two AK 47riffle were recovered from the fleeing insurgents, while their Nissan car was equally impounded by the military.

Security sources in the restive northern commercial city revealed that Nigerians troops came under fire by the suspected terrorists at Gayawa villages as explosives went off within the vicinity.

In a statement issued by the JTF signed by its Spokesman, Capt Ikediche Iweha and made available to Vanguard explains that “19 November 2013, at about 0630 hours (6:30 am) at Gayawa general area of Ungogo Local Government Area. Two terrorists lost their lives in the resulting shootout with troops. Items recovered from them include two AK 47 rifles, five magazines, 91 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, among other items.

Capt Ikediche Iweha stated “Yesterday, 18 November 2013, at about 1930 hours (7:30 pm), following intelligence build up, the JTF and personnel of the Department of State Service, Kano Command mounted a snap check point along Kankara – Sheme road in Katsina State to intercept fleeing terrorists from operations in the north eastern axis of the country.

Two terrorists were intercepted and apprehended on their way to Zamfara State. Two AK 47 rifles, 4 magazines, and 68 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered from them in a Nissan Sunny car.

The JTF Spokesman further explains that “the proactive reactions of the JTF in Kano continue to deny terrorists freedom of action and from using the State as a launching pad to launch attacks on other parts of the country”, adding that “this is as a result of the support the JTF is receiving from members of the general public”.

Capt Ikediche Iweha while enjoying members of the general public to continue complimenting the efforts of the JTF by carrying out thorough checks on the background of persons who wish to let properties especially in out skirt areas, ttthe security Agentcy however warned that “the JTF will continue to be complimented with the destruction of properties terrorists reside in and the arrests of their owners”.

Capt Ikediche Iweha therefore called on the urbam dwellers not to relent in the fight against terrorist elements who are seeking refuge in the state by reporting any suspicious persons regardless of gender for immediate action to prevent the loss of lives and properties, stressing that the general public are enjoined to go about their normal lawful businesses without any fear of molestations.