KANO – The Joint Military Taskforce has averted what would have been a bloody Easter in Kano following a combat operation that left 14 insurgents dead and a primed car laden with explosives for suicide attack and assorted weapons of war recovered.
The bloody operation that took place at Layin Yan’awaki , Ungwa-Uku General area of Tarauni local Council of the state brought economic activities in the city to a standstill while the operation lasted.
Conducting newsmen round the battle ground, the Brigade Commander, Bukavu barrack, Kano, Brigadier General Iliyasu Isa Abba said “this morning my men at Layin Yan’awaki, Ungwa –Uku general area suddenly came under gunfire from terrorists that triggered a gun duel”.
General Iliyasu Abba said that the ensuing firefight left 14 insurgents dead, while an undisclosed number were arrested.
The JTF recovered from the scene a Golf car primed with explosives which the commander said was ready for a “suicide mission in the city”, while 14 AK47 assault rifles were recovered.
Also recovered from the scene was several fabricated anti aircraft machines gun, a pump action, large quantities of Improvised Explosive Devices, and chemicals for making IED’s.
Panicked residence who woke up to the deafening blast of explosives and sporadic gunshots have continued to remain indoors several hours after the operation, this might not be unconnected with heavy presence of troops still engaged in a mop up operation.