NIGERIAN MILITARY FOIL PLANNED XMAS DAY ATTACKS; JSTF DISCOVER, DETONATE BOMBS IN KANO

A JSTF Combat Engineer defuses IEDs elsewhere in Kano, as counterinsurgency troops observe his work

A JSTF Combat Engineer defuses IEDs elsewhere in Kano, as counterinsurgency troops observe his work

PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
December 25, 2012
LAGOS

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.

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6 Responses to NIGERIAN MILITARY FOIL PLANNED XMAS DAY ATTACKS; JSTF DISCOVER, DETONATE BOMBS IN KANO

  1. kwame George kpeh says:

    Gen Beeg,
    I find it hard to believe what I am seeing in the picture, a bomb disposal technician difusing an IED or bomb and there are crowds watching! I know most of our people are illiterate, but common sence can be employed by the authorities to clear the crowds and keep a safe distance between the bomb disposal unit and the civil populance. What if this device explodes in the process, do you think any body in this picture would survive the explosion including the soldiers at the back ground wearing flank jackets?

    Please, let us use common sence when performing our duty. These picture makes the Army look bad, with a civilian wearing his agbada puting his head in the suitcase and some happy onlookers. The Army or Police bomb disposal units should have a protocol on how to deal with the crowds.Keeping the crowds at a save distance before trying to detonate or difuse any bomb or IED’s should be part of their training.

    All said, I thank the military Joint Task Force (JTF) for their effort in trying to bring peace to these troubled parts of Nigeria.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Kwame, there are several stages to the detonation of an IED. At this stage, it is inevitable that is no longer constitutes a threat to bystanders. Otherwise, the first things which gets done in flashpoints such as this is to have the place cordoned off.

    In CTCOIN operations here, whenever terrorists have been detonating IEDs or during search-and-bust raids, the first thing that the troops do is to allow combat engineers and Police Anti Bomb Squad to comb the area for explosives. The place gets cordoned off (reason why you always here that “the place has been cordoned off and a search has commenced” in JSTF communiques) so that secondary explosions do not harm anyone unwittingly and then K9 teamsters move in to sniff out IED-making materiel – chiefly NPK fertiliser as troops commence search operations.

    That is why, regardless of what biased sections of the media tell you, it is almost too easy to find the culpable in a terror-loving neighbourhood whenever troops go in and search. When K9 teams identify IED materiel, fuses and detonation cords are usually not far away. So when you hear those journalists who are sympathetic to terrorists talking about indiscriminate arrests, shut your ears.

    Sometimes, it is so ridiculous that in a Nigeria where possession of military-grade weapons is a criminal offence, the JSTF catch folks with AK47 and G3 rifles in these known terror-spitting neighbourhoods and some journalist would come mouth off about ‘innocent civilians’

    As of today, I have never heard that a place which was cordoned off later became the scene of explosions. That suggests that the guys know what they are doing. To be sure, the combat engineers train in the USA

    READ

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/rejoinder-nigerian-armys-mali-mission-stalls-amid-doubts-it-can-fight-afua-hirschguardianuk-misled-the-world-through-a-deliberate-distortion-of-the-facts/

    • peccavi says:

      Oga that site is not secure, you can see the wires still leading out of the IED. that means there is still a detonator or detonating charge in it. For a device that size the crowd, suspects and securing troops should be at least 200m away.

      • Doesn’t look like a demolition process its ongoing…Looks like they are taking stock (Counting) of materials seized…Trust me no Nigerian would near the scene of a supposedly bomb area…We like life no be small…That saying…Pecavi and Kwame are right about securing the area…It has to be done professionally…

  3. beegeagle says:

    Perhaps they are suicidal, Peccavi :-)

    One policeman died in Kaduna when he decided to work without his gear last February. That is all that we have heard about casualties.

    As for successful detonations, that has been the overriding trend

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/nigeria-police-anti-bomb-squad-intercept-1850-improvised-explosive-devicesieds-in-2012-•-4-week-batch-15b2012-anti-bomb-technicians-and-investigators-course-resumes-200-cops-in-trainin/

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/the-world-of-improvised-explosive-devicesieds-the-business-of-detecting-and-detonating-bombs/

    Wake me up when one actually blows up in the face of the possibly suicidal bystanders.

    Ah nuh fi shout :) Mek man chop turkey abeg. Na ofala we dey hia

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