By AbdulSalam Muhammad
JTF sources said the hideout, a magnificient building, served as an operational base for militants terrorizing the ancient city..
The raid came less than 24 hours after the security outfit arrested four suspects at Waje Friday Mosque trying to plant an explosives in over 15,000 capacity worship centre located within an expanse of land that separated the predominantly Christian quarter from their Hausa Muslims host.
A primed Honda car was recovered from the hideout after a two-hour combat operation alongside heavy weaponry and assorted military hardware.
Residents who spoke on the condition of anonymity after the mop up by the military, explained that they were shocked over the arms discovery at the premises of the magnificent building.
JTF spokesman in the city, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the operation in a chat with Sunday Vanguard adding: “An operation was carried out resulting in a gun duel, at the end of which four suspected terrorists were killed in their hideout, located at Jan-block of Rijiyar Zaki general area.”
Iweha said the operation was carried out based on tips from the public, while calling on residents in the state to continue supporting the security agencies with information to make Kano free from terrorists.
Iweha confirmed that a rigged Honda car was also recovered from the residence, adding that “from all indications the vehicle was primed for a suicide mission”.He however declined comments on the number of arrests made by JTF during the operation..