Jihadis in Nigeria imitating a successful model: the Boston Marathon jihadis. “Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Now Package IEDs in School Bags,” by Ismail Mudashir for the Daily Trust via AllAfrica.com, October 12 (thanks to TRACterrorism.org):
Kano “” Insurgents now hide explosive devices in a new tactics to unleash terror on citizens during the sallah cerebration, Weekly Trust reports.
To continuously wreck havoc on citizens during the forthcoming sallah, terrorists are now packaging Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in school bags for suicide bombers, the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano State has raised alarm. The innovation, according to the JTF, was copied from Boston in the United States where two bombers strike, killing three and injuring many during a marathon last April.
Security operatives made the disclosure after raiding a bomb making factory in Guduwawa village in Gezawa Local Government Area of the state last Tuesday. According to them, the IEDs were well packaged in school bags for the suicide bombers in the factory.
An operative of the JTF told newsmen that the IEDs can be packaged in any type of school bags, saying the control switch of the IEDs is stitched at the handle of the bag and that the explosive will be triggered when the switch is put on.
“They will just carry it on their back and walk into any place or their target without people knowing or suspecting as they will be mistaken for students. This is a dangerous trend,” he said.
In a joint press conference, the Commander of the 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Kano, Brigadier General Iliaysu I. Abbah and the state’s Director of the State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Bassey Eteng said the packaging of IEDs in school bags was the latest innovation of the terrorist group.
Shedding more light on the IEDs, Mr. Eteng said the plan of the terrorist group was to be using young persons of school-age as suicide bombers during the forthcoming Sallah and that the IEDs recovered from the factory are capable of killing 1,000 persons. His words: “People should beware of the latest IEDs the terrorists are producing; it is packaged in a school bag for suicide bomber. They can carry it into the mosque, church and even schools. This is what happened in Boston; this trend is kind of copy-cat thing. People should be on look out,” he explained.
General Abbah said they have never recovered IEDs made in school bag before. “This is the first time we are recovering something like this. They primed the IEDs in bag unlike the previous ones,” he said….