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Troops kill three suspected terrorists, arrest 14 in Plateau


The Special Task Force in Plateau State has killed three suspected  terrorists and arrested 14  others  allegedly on the verge of launching an   attack  on Riyom Local Government Area of the state.



The  military outfit, code-named  Operation Safe Haven,  also arrested two persons said to have threatened to kidnap the Secretary-General of Jama’tu Nasir Islam, Dr Khalid Aliyu.



Parading the 16  suspects in Jos on Tuesday, the  Commander  of Operation Safe Haven,   Maj Gen Augustine Agundu,  said Aliyu Tijani  and Haruna Abdullahi were arrested  after  a report from  the Defence Headquarters that the life of  the  JNI  chief  was in  danger, following  anonymous  calls threatening to  kill  him.



According to Agundu, the   DHQ supported the operation.



He said, “On   April 20, 2019, the combined efforts eventually led to the arrest of Aliyu Tijani and Haruna Abdullahi at Paar Hotel along Tafawa Balewa Way  in Jos.”



According to him,  Tijani  is a blood relation of the JNI chief while Haruna Abdullahi has been an accomplice for years.



 Tijani  told reporters that  he  decided to  kidnap his cousin  to   get  money   to   pay his house rent and  also  settle other domestic issues. He said he had no intention  to kill him.



The STF Commander  said they recovered  sophisticated weapons from the  suspected terrorists.



He  said the  hoodlums  were arrested  following a tip-off from a member of the public that they were  planning to attack people along  Kwi-Heipang Road in Riyom.



Agundu said  the troops deployed in  the area killed three of the gangsters after a gunfight, with 14 others arrested.
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