The military yesterday disclosed that the cordon and search operation conducted by troops in Gombe has led to the arrest of three bomb-making experts.
The arrested persons are suspected to be members of the terrorist Boko Haram group in search of soft targets for attack after being dislodged from their strongholds in Sambisa Forest and other enclaves.
A statement issued and signed by its spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said, “Items recovered from those apprehended include a tricycle and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation.
“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 statement advised members of the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious movement around them.
It said, “The public is enjoined to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious movements or activities within their environs. The military is poised to ensure that the ongoing operations are duly aligned with security arrangement nationwide towards forestalling any attempt by terrorists or other criminal groups planning to breach security or disrupt the inauguration activities anywhere in the country”.