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Civilian JTF Foils Boko Haram’s Plot To Bomb Worshippers In Maiduguri – Report

Posted: Dec 25, 2015 at 10:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Eagle-eyed members of the Civilian JTF Thursday, frustrated an attempt by suspected Boko Haram fighters, to bomb a popular Mosque in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

According to a report by Premium Times, some members of the vigilante group had intercepted five Boko Haram suspects, who were heading towards the Medinatu Mosque in Maiduguri, with five food flasks laden with bombs.

It noted that but for the insistence by one of the vigilantes, to know what the contents of the flasks were.

The report said the shocking discovery was made upon opening the flasks, which the suspects had claimed contained rice purportedly meant for the Muslim faithful celebrating the birth of Prophet Mohammed at the Mosque.

“Thousands of Muslims celebrating Maulud, which is the birthday of holy Prophet Muhammad, on Thursday escaped what would have possibly been an all-time record calamity, had some eagled-eyed vigilante operatives not intercepted five food flasks filled with bombs outside a popular Maiduguri mosque.

“Five suspects believed to be members of Boko Haram loaded five big food flasks (otherwise known as coolers) on a hand-pushed cart and headed for Medinatu Mosques in the heart of Maiduguri, Borno state, where adherents of the Tijjaniya Islamic sect were marking the Maulud Nabiyi.

“Fortunately, they were arrested before they got to their destination,” the report by the online medium said.

The report quoted a member of the vigilante group as saying: “When we saw them coming with handpush-cart filled with food flasks, we thought they were normal people that usually come here.”

“We almost passed them on when one of our members instinctively asked what the content of the large food flasks were, and they said ‘hot rice to be delivered to the Sheik’s guests’. All of us were almost deceived but when we insisted on seeing the flasks opened for proper inspection, the conveyors became jittery, and by the time we forced them to open the flask we were shocked to find coupled bombs in all the flasks”.

The Nigerian Army had yet to respond to a text message sent by New Telegraph on the report, as at the time of filing this report.