Kano (WorldStage Newsonline)-- Luck ran out of Boko Haram insurgents at the early hours of yesterday, when operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) raided their hide-out at Bubbugaje, Sharada, Kano during which one of their members was killed and another arrested at the end of a gun duel that lasted for about three hours.
It was gathered that the operation, which began at about 4.30 am Tuesday was informed by last Sunday’s Boko Haram attack on two places of worship at BUK, which consumed the lives of several Christian worshipers, including two Professors.
Acting on a tip off, the JTF, it was learnt stormed Bubbugaje area in Sharada Phase three, gunning down one of the Islamic militants to death, while one was arrested, including three women and children, at the end of which the JTF demolished their bungalow, which they used as both residence and Bomb factory..
While the exchange of gun fire between the Boko Haram and the JTF lasted, the entire neighbourhood was in a state of anxiety and panic
At the end of the operations, the JTF recovered bomb making materials chemicals and powdery substances, one AK 47 Assault rifle, 36 knives, six high caliber remote control Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs), 35 low caliber remote control IEDs, 458 rounds of ammunitions, batteries, bomb timers, among others.
During the raid at the bungalow, which the JTF described as a Bomb factory, two house wives, including a nursing mother, maid and children were also arrested and taken to unknown destination for interrogation before the bungalow was demolished.
Addressing newsmen at the scene of the operation, the Brigade Commander, 3 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Kano, Brigadier General Iliyasu Abbah, acknowledged that the battle against the Islamic militants is a difficult task, pointing out that the uniformed men are not fighting a conventional warfare, as the Boko Haram had resorted to hit and run warfare (guerilla war fare).
He confirmed that the demolished block served the group as both a bomb factory and residence, even as he admitted the difficulties in confronting the situation.
"If you uproot them from one particular place today, tomorrow, they move to another place, so it is a very difficult battle to prosecute but with the cooperation of members of the public, we shall succeed."
A similar raid was recently carried out in Hayin Hotoro Arewa by security personnel, leading to the discovery of another bomb factory in a remote part of the State capital.
The building was later pulled down by the military men after making a few arrests.