The military Joint Task Force (JTF) on Friday said that it has killed two commanders of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
In a press statement issued by the JTF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa and made available to newsmen in Maiduguri said “at about 2:20pm on Wednesday, a combine team of the JTF acted on intelligence had killed two members of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram top terrorists commander along Maiduguri- Kano road as they were escaping arrest from security forces.”
Col Sagir said that the killed Boko Haram commanders were believed to be coordinating the activities of the sect in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa and Yobe states adding that the two sect members were traveling in a Honda accord 2000 model with registration number BAM 214 AA.
The JTF Spokesman also said that the terrorists were on their way to Damaturu for a planned special operation to attack civilians and military locations on Thursday 20 September, 2012 pointing out that intelligence equally revealed that they were planning to launch attack in Maiduguri soon.
Items recovered from the terrorists according to Col Sagir include a Honda Car and 5 GSM handsets and weapons.
The statement also stated that a total of eight terrorists were equally arrested in Nganaram, GRA and Lawanti areas of Maiduguri metropolis in earlier operations within the troubled city.
Those arrested according to Col Sagir were confirmed to have travelled into Maiduguri from neighbouring states, pointing out that items recovered during the arrests include a Silver coloured Camry car of 1988 model with Yobe Registration number AE 74 DTR suspected to have been stolen for possible suicide mission and weapons for the dastard act.
Boko Haram has managed large-scale, damaging assaults, including one in January where at least 186 people died in coordinated attacks in Kano, the biggest city in Northern Nigeria.
This week, authorities said they had killed the sect’s spokesman Abu Qaqa and another senior commander while members of Boko Haram were suspected of killing a former Comptroller of prison and the Commission for Justice in Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.