Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Police detonate 963 IED and arrest 108 in Kano, Nigeria

Kano State Police Command Tuesday said it had detonated 963 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) of different calibre, as well as arrested 108 suspected criminals at different locations in the last eight months in the state.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said: "From August 1, 2012, the command was able to detonate a bomb at Federal College of Education (FCE) Kano, 10 undetonated explosives at Rijiyar Zaki along Jambulo Estate and four IEDs recovered and detonated at the same Rijiyar Zaki, on August 6, including another one at BUK."

Idris said out of the 963 bombs detonated, two were suicide prime car bombs, adding that all the IEDs were successfully detonated since January 20 to date and that the detonated bombs did not cause any injury or damage.

Addressing journalists yesterday at the Officers Mess, the police commissioner disclosed that items recovered within the two weeks include, 26 IEDs, 10 rounds of ammunition, two pistols, pump action guns, one air rifle and nine double barrels.

Idris said other items were three AK 47 riffles, 226 cartridges, 12 knives, 11 stolen vehicles and 45 rounds of ammunition, stressing that the command was ready to discharge its role in ensuring the protection of lives and property.

"We are always combat ready in the state and we are always appealing to the public to report any suspicious persons or movement to the nearest security outfit for proper action," he said.

The commissioner also explained that 108 persons suspected to be criminals were arrested at different hideouts in the state, while 92 of them were charged to court for different offences ranging from being in possession of Indian hemp, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.

He said the command in collaboration with other security agencies had concluded plans to ensure a successful E-id- Fitri celebration in the state, assuring residents that the command was combat ready to forstall the breakdown of law and order during the celebration.

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