by Isi Esene
The Joint Military Task Force on Sunday morning shot and killed two suspected Boko Haram militants who were suspected to be planning an attack on some churches in Zaria, Kaduna State.
After the killing, witnesses say a loud explosive sound suspected to be a powerful bomb was heard in the Gaskiya area of the town which was reportedly followed by gunshots.
The pre-emptive strike was launched by the JTF on the sects hideout after getting a tip-off on the plan to attack the churches.
They swooped on the hideout of the group and shot two suspected extremists dead.
The spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Yushau Shuaib, confirmed the killing disclosing that the injured have been taken to nearby hospitals for medical attention.
Meanwhile, a nine year old boy was said to have been killed this morning by a hand grenade thrown into the Sunday School section of a church in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Three other children were reportedly injured in the said attack which was suspected to have been carried out by al-Shabaab sympathizers whose rebel stronghold in Southern Somalia have been severally bombarded by Kenyan troops.
Police say attackers threw the grenade into the Sunday school service in St. Polycarp’s church on Nairobi’s Juja Road.
Charles Owino, deputy police spokesman, said, “We suspect this blast might have been carried out by sympathizers of al-Shabaab”.
“These are the kicks of a dying horse since, of late, Kenyan police have arrested several suspects in connection with grenades,” he added.