A fresh clash erupted yesterday in Kano between a combined team of the Kano Joint Task Force (JTF) and Directorate of State Security (DSS) with the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
When the dust settled, two soldiers and five of the fundamentalists had died.
The shootout occurred at Hotoro Dan’Marke Quarters and Brigade quarters at about 3am and lasted about three hours.
Residents said the security agents had stormed two houses in the affected areas apparently following a tip off about the presence of terrorists there.
A gun duel between the two sides soon ensued but the law enforcements agents gained the upper hand.
They recovered two AK47 rifles, 458 rounds of 7.62 special and 6 AK47 rifle magazines from the hideouts.
Security sources said the suspected terrorists were finalising plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano when the soldiers struck.
Spokesman for the JTF, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, said the JTF operation had “denied the terrorists freedom of action in Kano and from using the state as a spring board to launch attacks on other parts of the country.
“This is due to the cooperation the JTF is receiving from members of the general public.”
The JTF spokesman noted that the recent rise in activities of members of the terrorist sect might not be unconnected with “the increase in pressure being mounted on them by troops in the North Eastern axis and their desperation to make loud statements of their presence.”
He, however, expressed worries over “the ease with which terrorists secure accommodation easily in Panshekara, Ja’en, Mariri, Farawa, Hotoro, Sherada, Brigade and other outskirt areas in the state despite appeals by the JTF to property owners to desist from renting their properties to persons with questionable identities. The JTF in Kano would not allow the state to be used as haven for terrorists.”
The JTF, he vowed, would not only “continue to destroy any such properties found to accommodate terrorists but will also arrest the owners of such properties, treating them as accomplices even if they do not reside in the said property.”