DSS Foils Planned Terrorist Attack

The Department of State Security Services (DSSS) says it has arrested Hussein Mai-Tangara, the mastermind of a planned terrorists attacks on Abuja and six states of the federation during muslim festival, Eid-el-Kabir. The arrest was perfected before the deadly attack could be carried out. Arrested as well, is one Abdulkadir Mohammed who was allegedly involved in the plot. He was arrest on September 2, 2017 at Kantin Kwari Market, Fagge, Kano state. Speaking on the foiled attack, Tony Opuiyo, the spokesman of the DSS says “Mohammed was a fighter of the sect who left the conclave of the group in the Sambisa forest, to join ranks with Ismaila towards carrying out the attacks being planned by the group.” He added: “Also, another accomplice in the plot, one Muhammad Ali was arrested on September 3, at Sheka area in Kumbotso area of the state. “Prior to his arrest, Ali was the financial courier of the group in Kano. Ali was one of the conduits through which funds and other material logistics were channeled to the group from foreign extremist elements/sponsors. “Like Abdulkadir Mohammed, Ali was also involved in the plot to perpetrate the planned attacks in Kano and other states in the North during the just concluded Eid-el-Kabir celebration.” Mai-Tangaran, according to the DSS is said to be a commander in Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) terrorists group, and had been on the radar of the security agency since 2012 when he allegedly had a hand in the attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone I. He was also said to be involved in other armed attacks in some other places in Kano. Similarly, Mai-Tangaran was said to be involved in the attacks on worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque and a military formation in Yobe State in 2015, in which many lives were lost. Opuiyo, disclosed that the terrorists attacks were to disrupt this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival through the execution of gun attacks and bombings. The targets of the group were mainly the Federal Capital Territory, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states.

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