Nigerian troops have arrested three bomb-making experts in Gombe during a cordon and search operation, according to Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information.
Olukolade who stated this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, said the arrested persons were suspected to be members of the terrorists’ group, Boko Haram.
According to him, the suspected insurgents must be in search of soft targets for attack after being dislodged from their stronghold in Sambisa forest and other enclaves.
He said that the items recovered from the suspects who were currently undergoing interrogation included a tricycle and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Olukolade said: “Cordon and search is continuing in certain localities and will be intensified along with mopping up operations in locations where offensive operations are being conducted.
“The essence is to apprehend the terrorists who have been dislodged from their sanctuaries and are in search of escape routes or resorting to attacking soft targets.’’
Olukolade said in line with the development, the public should be extra vigilant and report suspicious movements or activities within their environs.