The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed a simultaneous raid on the hideouts of insurgents/terrorists in parts of Kaduna and Kano States in the early hours of 15th May, 2023.
During the raid by the Service and troops of the Nigerian Army and Police Force in Kaduna State, the terrorists deployed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) against the fighting forces.
According to a Statement by the Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, one of the terrorists who wore suicide jacket blew himself up.
“While three (3) suspects were arrested, items recovered upon a search on the group’s accommodation, after Police EOD had diffused other IEDs, were: two (2) suicide jackets, one (1) AK-47 rifle, a pistol and one (1) laptop,” the Statement added.
A similar feat was achieved in Kano State, the Statement revealed, where two (2) suspects were arrested while recovered items include: a pistol, eleven (11) mobile phones, two (2) hand grenades, one (1) fully charged AK-47 magazine, two empty AK-47 magazines, one (1) 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. Notably, the steady Military operations in the North East have necessitated the insurgents’ escape to the North West and Central zones where they are establishing active cells.
“The Service commends the Nigerian Military and Police for their resilience and support which led to the success of the operation. The sustained interagency synergy is, without doubt, a game changer in the counter-threat actions.”
The Statement further disclosed the Service’s resolve to collaborate with sister agencies to rid the nation of criminal elements particularly at this transition period and even beyond.
“This is more so that certain persons are desperate to undermine the process. But the Service will resist this and ensure a seamless event. It will always cooperate with stakeholders to achieve a peaceful environment critical to the pursuit of legitimate businesses by law abiding citizens and residents,” the Statement assured.