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Troops Arrest Boko Haram Leader, Destroy Bomb Making Factory
The Nigerian Army on Monday announced that it troops in the north east have arrested a Boko Haram kingpin, John Trankil.
The troops of the 7 Division Garrison, Operation Lafiya Dole, arrested Trankil at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State.
On Saturday, the Department of State Services, DSS, had arrested in Maiduguri a Boko Haram terrorist, Danladi Abdullahi, who is one of the 100 recently declared wanted by the Nigerian Army.
The defence Headquarters, in a statement said it discovered that nine suspected terrorists had sneaked into Maiduguri with armed with AK 47 assault rifles and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, meant to be
detonated at some selected targets in the city.
The Nigerian Army said that men of 21 Brigade with support from the Nigerian Air Force discovered a factory where IEDs are made.
These were destroyed along with a rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi, in the outskirts of Bama town, in Borno State.
Other items recovered include gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles and locally made rocket shells as well as large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory
equipment suspected to be stolen from school laboratories around Bama.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Mahmood Abubakar, a Major General, commended the troops, urging them to be more vigilant and security conscious particularly at check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools.