In an attempt to evade arrest by joint forces, a suspected terrorist reportedly killed himself with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Kaduna State.
The incident, Daily Trust reports, occurred at Ibrahim Haske Road in KEKE community of Kaduna Millennium City, on Monday morning.
According to eyewitnesses, gunshots were heard around 1 am when officials from the Department of State Services (DSS), soldiers, and the police arrived at the suspect’s residence.
It was gathered that when the man realised he was surrounded, he decided to bomb himself.
He was said to have exchanged gunfire with the security operatives before taking his life. A security source said an AK-47 rifle was discovered inside his house, along with two other IEDs that were later defused by the Anti-bomb squad.
“The man’s body was mutilated due to the explosive device, while his wife and children were taken away by DSS officials in their vehicles,” the source said.
A community leader, Malam Samaila, confirmed the incident, noting that the security operatives had barricaded the street to prevent people from approaching the suspect’s house.
Samaila stated that it is likely that the security personnel had tracked down the suspect to his residence to arrest him.
The operation was jointly conducted by the DSS, police, and soldiers, who arrived in Hilux trucks, Jeeps, and ambulances.
The spokesman for Kaduna Police Command, Jalige Mohammed, couldn’t be reached for comment as calls to his phone remain unanswered and is yet to reply to a text message sent to him.