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Military Warns About Likely Terror Attacks In Borno During Muslim Holiday

Monday, 22 October 2012

Military Warns About Likely Terror Attacks In Borno During Muslim Holiday

… Curfew In Potiskum After Intelligence On Arrival Of Foreign Mercenaries

SAN FRANCISCO, October 22, (THEWILL) – The military in Borno State has issued a warning on likely massive terror attacks in the state during the Eid el Kabir Sallah holidays which starts on Thursday through the weekend.

The military said it has intelligence that foreign mercenaries have been coopted by the Boko Haram for the planned attacks.

The Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Lt. Col. Sagir Musa in a release said the plan involved targeting the military and civilians.

“Information available to the Joint Task force, Operation Restore Order indicates that the Boko Haram terrorists are planning massive attacks on military and civilian targets during Eid el Kabir Sallah period.

“Consequently, the terrorists group has invited foreign mercenaries to assist them in launching the attacks. The group has also advised members of the public to store enough food items and other routine household requirements as they believe that the JTF will impose curfew on Maiduguri in the event of breakdown of law and order.”

The JTF thus advised members of the public to report suspicious persons and activities to security agencies.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the government of next-door Yobe State today slammed a curfew on Potiskum, the state’s commercial hub following the breach of security and the killing of scores last week by members of the Boko Haram.

Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam approved the curfew that will run from to daily, beginning from today.

According to a press statement by his Special Adviser, Press Affairs and Information, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, “the imposition of restriction of movement in Potiskum town begins from today Monday 22nd October 2012 from 4.00PM to 7.00AM daily.”

He said the decision was taken following a meeting that the governor had with heads of law enforcement agencies in the state and it is designed to ensure the protection of life and property and the maintenance of law and order.

“His Excellency the Governor urges all Potiskum residents to cooperate with security agents as they continue in their effort to ensure peace and security in Potiskum and around the State.

“The Governor also extends his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of those who were killed by criminal gangs and those whose properties were burnt in Potiskum over the last few days. His Excellency assures Potiskum residents and all the people of the State that his administration will do everything within its power to assist and partner with the security agencies to maintain law and order and protect the life and property of the people.”

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