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Security Operatives Arrest 35 Suspected ISWAP Fighters In Abuja, Amidst US Security Alerts

Five Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders and 30 fighters have been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS), the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the police and other security agencies.

A joint operation was launched by the security operatives who successfully dismantled a terror cell and arrested the 35 ISWAP terrorists.

Information reaching us said that the terror suspects were apprehended at their hideouts in different locations in Abuja, Mararaba and other satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The suspects are being held at a DSS facility.

The arrests were made amid heightened tension in the nation’s capital as the popular Jabi Lake Mall shut its doors to shoppers and visitors on Thursday, citing the security situation.

To discourage criminal activities, the FCT Administration demolished shanties on Law School land, saying it was part of security measures.

It was learnt that the intelligence agencies had been on the trail of the insurgents before the US and the British High Commissions issued security alerts last Sunday, warning their citizens about impending terrorist attacks.

The US Embassy in Abuja had issued an alert for “an elevated risk of terror attacks” in the city, saying that possible targets include government buildings, places of worship and other public places.

Security sources explained that the ISWAP members relocated to the FCT following the heavy bombardment of their enclaves and camps in the North-West by the Nigerian Air Force.

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Giving more insight into the ongoing counter-intelligence operations, a security source revealed that the terror suspects were planning a big attack in Abuja before they were nabbed.

The source disclosed that the detained fighters are already providing useful information which had led to the arrest of some of their members masquerading as artisans, cart pushers and security guards in the city.

A senior officer stated: “A massive counter-intelligence operation is going on to disrupt, neutralise and destroy the ISWAP terrorists in the FCT. Many commanders and their foot soldiers have been arrested and they are currently helping us in our investigations. About five commanders and 30 fighters have been apprehended but we expect to capture more suspects as we widen our dragnet.”

Meanwhile Residents within the FCT have been advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or abnormal occurrence and persons to the Police through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883.

The Inspector General of Police issued a statement allaying the fear of residents in the FCT and asked them to go about their lawful businesses and normal social lives/engagements as all hands are on deck to nip any security threat in the bud and respond to distress calls promptly.”

Source: The PUNCH.

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