The Nigerian military says it troops have killed a terrorist commander identified as Mallam Hussaini, on the Jos-Bauchi road.
In a statement posted on its official website, the Defence Headquarters said the suspect was killed during a gun battle between his group and a military convoy.
It said that the suspect was billed to launch mayhem in Jos before he was killed by an operational patrol team in the area which the terrorists attacked.
The troops, however, repelled the attack and captured the insurgents’ operational vehicles and some Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, arms and ammunition.
“The terrorist gang had attacked a military convoy while on an operational patrol between Jos and Bauchi. At the end of the encounter, the Ford bus used by the terrorists was captured, eight primed Improvised Explosive Devices, rifles, pistols and about 70 rounds of ammunition,” the statement said.
It said that the killed terror suspect had led an attack on the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja in November 2002.
It further stated that he had also carried out another attack on a military convoy on Lokoja-Abuja road where two soldiers were killed in January.
The statement said that security forces on the trail of some terrorists who attacked a police station at Malamfatori, Borno, had recovered a vehicle from the insurgents who abandoned it and fled into Niger Republic.
The troops also recovered uniforms of security organisations, protective gears, boots and other goods stolen by the insurgents from various locations along the Nigeria/Niger border from the suspects, the military said.