The Kano State Police Command on Sunday arrested five suspected Boko Haram members in the state after a gun dwell that lasted several hours.
The terrorists, according to the police, were arrested at about 2:00am yesterday at Gayawa quarters in Ungogo local council of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabi’u Yusuf, who confirmed the arrest while briefing newsmen, said they were apprehended in the early hours of Sunday during a shoot-out between the police and the suspects who had planned to attack Kano.
The suspects paraded were: Abba Muhammad of Niger Republic (20), Usman A. Buhari (23), from Borno State, Illiasu Abdullahi (46) of Gezawa local council of Kano state.
He said one of the suspects who escaped with gunshot during the operation was a dismissed Air Force officer who is now at large.
The police commissioner further said one of the suspects made confessional statement to the police of their hideout and plans to launch series of attack on places of worship, public gathering and other strategic places of interest.
He said: “The hide-out of the suspected terrorists was raided by a combined team of the Police Anti Robbery Squad, the Special Tactical Force and undercover operatives of the Command at Gayawa Village in Ungogo Local Government Area of the state.
“One of the suspected terrorists who was confirmed to be a dismissed Air Force Officer, now at large, threw an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Police, with three of them (suspects) sustaining various degrees of injury.
“He said items recovered in possession of the terrorists included military uniforms, AK-47 Rifle, portraits bearing their faces and operational black masks.
He called on members of the public to be vigilant and report to the police any suspicious characters for appropriate action.