Police recover ammunition from insurgents’ Jeep
The Police Command in Yobe has recovered four bombs, two improvised explosives, six mortar bombs, a machine gun and two Ak47 rifles inside a damaged Toyota Highlander, belonging to insurgents, an official said.
Mr Markus Danladi, the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, made the fact known while displaying the ammunition to newsmen in Damaturu.
He said the bombs and improvised explosive devices were discovered in the trunk of the jeep which occupants died on Monday in an explosion from a device.
The commissioner explained that five suspected suicide bombers were stopped for search on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway on Monday by a police patrol team.
He said the suspected bombers detonated explosives killing themselves and three policemen, while two other policemen sustained injuries.
“On July 21, a team of police investigators on thorough search of the wrecked jeep discovered six bombs neatly concealed in the trunk of the vehicle comprising of four 81mm caliber rifles and two improvised bombs,’’ he said.
The police boss also said six mortar bombs were discovered in the handbag of a female member of the suspected suicide bombers.
Danladi said that the recovered bombs had a range of 1,000m radius and urged security operatives on the highway to be vigilant.
The commissioner also said the police recovered one general purpose machine gun, two AK47 rifles and hundreds of ammunition from insurgents who were repelled in an attempted attack on Bara town.
The commissioner called on motorists and the public to cooperate with security agencies to ensure security of lives and property.