“People will die!”
The Nigerian military on Friday confirmed that a terrorist suspected to be among the perpetrators of the Wednesday Abuja EMAB plaza bombing has been killed.
In an unsigned statement posted on its website, the Defence Headquarters said the suspect was shot while fleeing from the crime scene with his colleague.
The statement said the shot suspect later died in a hospital while yelling: “People will die! people will die!’’.
Wednesday’s explosion killed 21 people leaving 17 others wounded, police spokesperson, Frank Mba, had said.
The military said on citing the two suspects speeding off on a power bike, bystanders alerted soldiers on patrol.
“The soldiers pursued the fleeing suspects and shot at one who fell off the bike with his bag, while the rider escaped through the crowd. The bag recovered from the suspect was later confirmed to contain a package of IED and other accessories,” the statement said.
The DHQ also said that more than 50 suspected terrorists died during a raid on a makeshift camp used by terrorists in Miyanti and Bulungu, Borno State.
It said two soldiers were killed in the encounter while five others sustained injuries.
The DHQ noted that a fuel dump used for storing fuel, vehicles, including Toyota Hilux trucks, and seven motorcycles were destroyed in the raid.
It also said that 15 rifles, 11 machine guns and ammunitions were captured by the troops.
“In a separate encounter around Duguri, near the Nigeria–Niger border, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force stormed a terrorists’ hideout in a raid.
“The troops recovered 18 rifles, five general purpose machine guns, 25 hand grenades and IED making materials,” it said.
Also, a suspected gun runner was said to have been apprehended and was being interrogated in connection with the seizures.
The military said that the suspect was arrested during a cordon and search operation by troops.
It said 15 other suspects were being detained in Abuja after a raid that led to the recovery of seven rifles, pistols, swords and other weapons.
It said that military operations to track armed gangs would be sustained in various locations.