Yobe Police Recover Explosive Devices From Impounded Vehicles

Yobe Police Recover Explosive Devices From Impounded Vehicles

By ThisDay on July 23, 2015
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This picture taken on June 5, 2013 shows Nigerian police part of the joint forces in Borno state posing prior to a patrol in Maiduguri. | AFP/Quentin Leboucher

Police in Yobe State on Wednesday said they had recovered more explosive devices inside a Toyota Highlander Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) impounded at a checkpoint in Damaturu, the state capital.

The state Commissioner for Police, Mr. Marcus Danladi, stated this at a press briefing, saying after a thorough search by men of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) of the command, six more unexploded bombs were discovered in the vehicle.

He added that four pieces of 81mm calibre bomb capable of travelling within a 1,000 metre radius and two other improvised ones were recovered and effectively defused at the scene.

Danladi also revealed that a woman in the SUV was carrying with her a bag containing six unexploded mortar bombs which she was still holding at the scene of the blast.

The woman, who was crying for help at the scene of the blast, according to him, was aiming to detonating the bombs capable of travelling within a 500 metre radius to claim more lives but her mission was fruitless as she was ignored by the officers and men at the scene having known her mission.

The CP also revealed that the woman later died at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the blast while the mortar bombs in her custody were recovered and successfully diffused.

The commissioner also said men of the command on patrol at Bara in Gulani Local Government Area recently engaged the Boko Haram militants and liberated a village market from possible attack.

Danladi said they recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 2 AK 47 rifles with 2 AK 47 loaded magazines and 60 rounds of ammunition.

The men, according to him, also recovered an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and 500 units of GPMG life ammunition.

Recently, suicide bombers on a mission to an unknown destination were arrested at a check point in Damaturu where IEDs were triggered by the bombers during the arrest at the check point killing eight people.

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