By Paul Obi in Abuja
The Nigerian Army and Department of State Services (DSS) have three foreign members of Boko Haram terrorists following a lead.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Usman, said the three suspects were Chadians and belonged to a faction of the terrorist group.
Usman said: “Today (yesterday) afternoon, Nigerian Army troops in conjunction with elements of DSS after painstaking effort of tracking arrested three suspected Chadian Boko Haram terrorists that belonged to Albaranawi faction, in Gombe, Gombe State.
“The three Chadian terrorists suspects, Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar, were arrested at Arawa and Mallam Inna Areas of Gombe metropolis.
“They were reported to be members of Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram that operates in Chad and mostly northern part of Borno State but came to Gombe State for another heinous assignment.
“During the operation, one of them, Bilal Muhammed Umar attempted to escape and was shot on the leg. He was however apprehended and is receiving medical treatment.
“The terrorists were also arrested with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) materials that they could have coupled and attack parts of the state. The suspects are in custody undergoing preliminary investigation,” Usman stated.