By Olumide Bajulaiye in Abuja
The Nigerian Military has said the ongoing cordon and search by troops in Buni Yadi,Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State has led to the discovery of a bomb making factory, where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by terrorists were being produced.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade said in a statement at the weekend that a large quantity of IEDs including those commonly used by suicide bombers were recovered from the site.
Olukolade said the factory, which was located in a fertilizer company, had also converted some of the materials therein for production of all types of IEDs.
He said the troops were still evacuating the materials, which include a large quantity of suicide bomber vests, from the facility to their base.
“It is believed that the heavy calibre bomb used in blowing up the bridge between Damaturu and Buni Yadi was produced in the factory,” he stated.
According to Olukolade, the terrorists were sacked from Buni Yadi after a military assault that was conducted last Saturday.
He noted that the troops advance was delayed by the series of IEDs planted on the highway leading to Buni Yadi.
The Defence Spokesman also said “four soldiers died from such IEDs in the course of the operation to clear terrorists from the town”.
This discovery, he said, is expected to degrade the capability of terrorists in the production of explosives, which they have been using lavishly in the area until they were dislodged from their stronghold.
In a related development, senior military commanders have described stories in major international media and culled by local newspapers reporting that Nigeria is deploying hundreds of mercenaries against Boko Haram terrorists as a joke taken too far.
The officers insisted that the foreigners are technical advisers that are providing trainings and instructions on the use of new armaments recently procured by the Nigerian military in the war on terror.