August 4th, 2012
A suicide bomber was killed on Thursday night in Kaduna when the improvised explosive device (IED) he was carrying went off after he was apprehended by youth.
The incident, which occurred at Mahuta on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis, created tension in the city, with many businesses closing yesterday out of fear.
An eyewitness said that the deceased suicide bomber in Thursday’s attack, along with some others, had entered the Afaka district on an alleged mission to eliminate the district head, Abduwahab Aliyu, for daring them.
The youth in the area were however said to have mobilised themselves and were able to apprehend the suspect, but unknown to them he had a bomb planted on him.
According to an eyewitness, “the incident happened at about 10pm on Thursday when some suspicious persons entered the village and some residents started questioning them and discovered that they were armed.
“The youth were able to disarm one of them who admitted that they were on a mission to kill the Village head for allegedly exposing their members who were hitherto domiciled in the area. The other suspects escaped and it was when the people were pursuing them that a bomb exploded on the one who had been apprehended and he died instantly.”
According to one of an eyewitnesses, Bala Abubakar, “the incident happened at about 10pm on Thursday when some suspicious persons entered the village and some residents started questioning them and discovered that they were armed.
“The youth were able to disarm one of them who admitted that they were on a mission to kill the village head, for allegedly exposing their members.
“The other suspects escaped and it was when the people were pursuing them that a bomb exploded on the one who had been apprehended and he died instantly.”
Kaduna Police public relations officer (PPRO) AbdulrazaqBalteh, who confirmed the incident, said that no arrests were made.
According to Balteh, “to the best of our knowledge, the only person killed was the one carrying the explosive device, and we have started investigation in the matter”.
However, he commended the vigilance of the youths ” whose effort averted a major havoc that could have possibly created another round of crisis in the state.”
In other news:
Four Fulani herdsmen have been arrested in Nasarawa State for being in possession of some high-powered guns and ammunition. The items that were recovered from the suspects include a PMSG sub-machine gun, one locally made rifle and nine rounds of live ammunition.
Saturday Independent gathered that the suspects identified as Usman Adamu and Ali Bamaiye both from Kwala village in Quanpam Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State were intercepted in Lafia by detectives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) following the suspicious behaviour exhibited by them.
This paper further learnt that the suspects upon interrogation made available information that led to the arrest of two of their accomplices.
Confirming the report in Lafia, PPRO, Nasarawa Police Command, Michael Ada, said the information offered by the two led to the arrest of two other suspects, Tukur Usman and Hamza Tukur from Gada-Gwari village in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said the suspects confessed to having two riffles, which they buried in a farm located at the boundary between Nasarawa and Plateau states, adding that “based on the confessional statement, the police followed them to the location and recovered the weapons”
Ada urged members of the public to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to security operatives for prompt action.
The suspects have been detained at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Lafia.
Link: http://dailyindependentnig.com/2012/08/suicide-bombers-killed-in-kaduna-yobe/nesw/ ; http://allafrica.com/stories/201208040516.html