Boko Haram: JTF raids Abu Qaqa’s ‘heavily wired’ home

by Stanley Azuakola

The offensive by operatives of JTF on Monday in Kano continued, with the raiding of the residence of a suspected top media coordinator of radical Islamist group (Boko Haram). The JTF has still not released the name of this top media coordinator, even though several media reports have named Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa.

The raid occurred at the Rimi Kebe and Rijayar’zaki  general area of the Kano municipality. Several arms and ammunition were recovered.

Spokesman of Joint Military Taskforce in Kano, Lt Ikediche Iweha, released a statement titled “Update on capture of Boko Haram terrorists on 17th September 2012.”

He said that “this latest encounter with the terrorist group has foiled its planned attack to wreck havoc on the good people of Kano state and further depleted the capacity of the terrorist group to operate.” He expressed the military’s resolve to continue to work earnestly towards the protection of lives and property in Kano state.

Lt Ikediche Iweha revealed that when the JTF stormed the “heavily wired IED hideout,” heavy weaponry, bombs, and media related hard and soft ware were recovered.

Among the materials discovered at the home of the Boko Haram militant were two  AK 47 rifles, two Pump Action Rifles, one Berretta Rifle, one Smoke Discharger, 433 rounds of 7.62 Nato ammunition, 80 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, two AK 47 magazines, 36 Prepared IEDs, 13 Laptops, two motorcycles.

Other items recovered includes, four printers, one photocopier, one 33 slots Zenith disc writer, one TG 3900Ez generator set, religious books,  large quantity of CD plates, two decoders, two satellite dish, one 21” television set, one DVD player, 2 bags of Urea fertilizer, one Elite dry cell 12v battery, one blue gate UPS, one stabilizer, 10 hand held Motorola radios and 5 battery chargers.

The statement appealed to Kano dwellers to keep praying for sustainable peace in the city and its environ, stressing that “the relative peace which Kano enjoys today can be attributed to the collective effort and prayers of the good people of Kano State”.

The Army spokesman also said that the JTF will continue to count on the city dwellers for the provision of information. He promised to treat such any such offered information and the person involved with utmost confidentiality.

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