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Bomb factory explodes in Maiduguri, 3 sect members killed

Channels Television  
Updated March 2, 2012

An explosion at a bomb factory on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has left three suspected members of the Boko Haram sect dead, security officials confirmed.

According to reports, an Improvised Explosive Device exploded in a building located in the Akaleri ward of the London Ciki area around 10:30 a.m. this morning; residents were thrown into panic and scampered to safety.

Charred blasted remains of the sect members were strewn about the site of the explosion and undetonated devices were also found there.

Spokesman of the Joint Military Taskforce (JTF), Lt. Colonel Hassan Mohammad, conducted journalist around the site of the blast. He said the sect members had robbed residents in the community, using stolen funds to erect the building which they turned into a bomb making factory.

Col. Victor Ebhaleme, the Field Commander of the JTF also confirmed the explosions alerted the task force when it happened.

“On arrival, our men discovered mutilated bodies of three persons,” he said, adding that they had “died while preparing bombs”.

The JTF boss urged residents to stay on alert and offer up any useful information of suspicious activities that will aid security forces in bring terrorism to an end.