Thursday, November 3, 2011

Boko Haram wraps bombs as Sallah gifts •Police arrest bomb makers, recover bombs, guns

Nigeria Tribune
3 November 2011

A major disaster in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, was on Wednesday foiled by the police, as the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, had planned to present cleverly wrapped bombs as Sallah gifts to some individuals in the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Simeon Midenda, said on Wednesday that the command had arrested a 23-year-old member of the sect, Sheriff Shettima, who was the arrowhead of the plans. Shettima, the police boss said, was trained in bomb making and had led some major operations of the sect in the past.

Addressing newsmen, Mr Midenda said that Shettima was arrested in his house in Maiduguri metropolis, where explosives, guns and ammunition, which he confessed were initially prepared to bomb the headquarters of Borno State police command, were recovered. The police boss said that the suspect confessed that the bombing of the police headquarters could not be done because of an emergency journey he made to Kano to transact some business. The suspect, according to the police, revealed that some of the explosives were meant to be wrapped as gifts for people during sallah, adding that “the receivers of the gifts might not suspect that these are IEDs.”

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