By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano
KANO – Operatives of Joint Military Taskforce in Kano Friday morning foiled what could have been a violent robbery attack in the city’s popular textile market at the Sheka, Kumbotso area of the state culminating in the death of a soldier and six persons suspected to be militants.
The incident followed arrest of a suspected militant on Thursday who disclosed the plot to rob the market by his gang and led the the security agents to their hideout.
JTF spokesman in Kano, Captain Ikediche Iweha who conducted reporters round the area paraded five women and three children rescued during the encounter.
“This morning operation was a product of intelligence report obtained from a suspect we apprehended yesterday that voluntarily confessed of a plot to violently attack Kanti Kwari textile market for money to bank roll an impending operations in Yobe.
“We deployed our men to the neighborhood and cordoned off the vicinity and launch an offensive to capture the occupants of the marked building but unfortunately our men came under fire and in the ensuing encounter we lost a soldier, while six terrorists lost their life”.
However, security sources close to the combat operation carried out by special squad of State Secuirty services and the Military confided in Vanguard that some of the GSM sim cards used by the dead terrorists were recovered from the private parts of the rescued women.
Among the items recovered from the building includes two AK-47 assault rifle, 39 rounds of ammunition, four rounds of magazines, GSM sim cards and identifiable weapons of war.
The marked building has been brought down by the military bulldozer, while a manhunt has been launched by the security operatives to apprehend the property owner.
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