The Police in Kano State, north western Nigeria, have arrested five suspected boko haram terrorists in Gayawa village of Ungoggo Local Government Area, after a shoot out.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf, said the suspects were apprehended after series of intelligence gathering.
They were members of the terrorist group that fled Sambisa forest after the military invaded their hideout in Borno state.
Yusuf said they were apprehended in the early hours of Sunday during a shoot-out between the police and the suspects who had planned to attack places of worship and prominent public spots as well as institutions in Kano.
“The five suspected members of the sect, comprising two women and three men, were apprehended during the incident.
“ The hide-out of the suspected terrorists was raided by a combined team of the Police Anti Robbery Squad, the Special Tactical Force and undercover operatives of the Command at Gayawa Village in Ungogo Local Government Area of the state,” the Kano Police boss explained.
He said two of the arrested suspects were women believed to wives to some of the male suspects.
According to him, one of the suspected terrorists, who was confirmed to be a dismissed Air Force Officer, now at large, threw an Improvised Explosive Device(IED) at the Police, with three of the suspects, sustaining various degrees of injury.
Items recovered in possession of the terrorists included military uniforms, AK-47 Rifle, portraits bearing their faces and operational black masks.
He called on members of the public to be vigilant and report to the police, any suspicious characters for appropriate action.