PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
December 25, 2012
The military Joint Task Force (JTF)battling the Islamic sect Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has discovered and detonated many explosives planted in strategic locations in northern Kano city, according to a top army officer.
Brig.-Gen Iliyasu Abba told journalists in Kano that the explosives were discovered during a house-to-house search in the city, the eponymous state capital.. The Commander (3 Motorised Brigade) said the “terrorists plan major attacks to disrupt Christmas celebration in the city”, adding: “We have initiated a number of measures to frustrate their plan.”
Nigeria has thrown a security cordon across the vast country to prevent a repeat of the church bombing that left over 30 people dead in Madalla,northern Niger State, last Christmas Day. There has been a hike in terror attacks in the north as well as kidnapping and armed robberies in the south in the run-up to the holidays, raising fears – especially in the north – of a spectacular attack to mar Christmas celebrations.