Nov 16, 2015 – Boko Haram Cell Leader John Trankil Arrested In Maiduguri As 8 Terrorists Armed With AK47 Rifles Sneak Into Borno State
Pictures: Nigerian Army Dismantles Boko Haram Rocket Factory In Borno State, Arrests Terror Cell Leader
Troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, while on offensive operations on boko haram terrorists location, with the support from the Nigerian Airforce discovered and destroyed the terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Rocket making factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.
Items recovered from the raid, according to the statement, include gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles. Others include locally made rocket shells,large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area.
7 Division Garrison troops also arrested a suspected Boko Haram cell leader in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said the suspect, one John Trankil, upon interrogation, had confessed that he and eight others “were sneaked” into Maiduguri, with a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and armed with AK-47 assault rifles.
The 20 IEDs, according to the statement, were to be detonated at different locations within the city.