Troops Capture Boko Haram Kingpin, John Trankil, In Maiduguri

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Troops of 7 Division Garrison of the Nigerian Army engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole, made a remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram Terrorist kingpin, John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis, the spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, has said.

Mr. Usman, a colonel, said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that nine terrorists sneaked into the Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifles and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city.

“In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, while on offensive operations on Boko Haram terrorists location, with the support from the Nigerian Airforce discovered and destroyed the terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.

“The items recovered includes gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles. Others include locally made rocket shells, large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area.

“The Theatre Commander operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, commended the efforts of the troops and implored troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious particularly at all check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools.”

-Frontiers News

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