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THE Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday alerted the public on new plots by terrorists who now plant Improvised Explosive De­vices (IEDs) on attractive objects in public places.

Acting Director Defence Information (DDI), Colo­nel Mohammed Rabe, who made this known at a meet­ing with correspondents in Abuja, said terrorists now conceal cluster bombs in attractive objects to attack people.

He warned members of the public not to get carried away by this new and dan­gerous trend by the terror­ists who are now desperate after they have been routed from their strongholds in Sambisa Forest by soldiers.

Col. Rabe also advised Nigerians not to rush to bomb scenes immediately after an attack as there could be a possibility for a second IED to explode, thereby increasing the ca­sualty figure.

The Defence spokes­man said five suspected Boko Haram terrorists on the wanted list of the Army have so far been arrested by security agencies.

Rabe, who said Boko Haram is also using under-aged children to carry out attacks, noted that terror­ists also plant bombs on very attractive objects in churches, mosques, mar­kets, motorparks and other public places to attract in­nocent members of the public to strike, warned the people to be cautious when they come across such ob­jects.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, yester­day blamed the emergence of Boko Haram on wrong Islamic teachings. He said twisted interpretation of the Islamic precepts berthed an extreme ideology in restive youths who dominated the terror group.

Buratai, who opened a two-day seminar organized by the Directorate of Islam­ic Affairs of the Nigerian Army to enlighten and de-radicalize minds of people on terrorism and misinter­pretation of Islam at the Maimalari Cantonment, 7 Division in Maiduguri, Borno State, noted that it was time people embrace and teach true religious knowledge devoid of any ulterior interpretation.

“Muslims are faced with ignorance and wrong inter­pretation of Islam. We have to sensitize the public to embrace the true teachings of Islam, as propagated by Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as anything outside that, does not represent Is­lam,” he said.

The COAS, who was represented by the The­atre Commander, Opera­tion Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Abubakar Yasha’u, said miscreants and criminals terrorizing people in the northeast under the guise of Islam, have gone out of the real teaching and inter­pretation of the religion as taught by Prophet Muham­mad (SAW) and his dis­ciples. He said such teach­ings have misled people into wrong acts including terrorism.

Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai, repre­sented by the Wali of Bor­no, Wali Idris, described the seminar as timely. He said it would sensitize people about what true Is­lam is all about. “Nigerians should be their brother`s keeper irrespective of reli­gious or ethnic affiliations, as all of us belong to the same country and cannot develop without peaceful coexistence. Our doors are always open to the secu­rity agencies to seek useful advice and suggestions on any security matter”, the Shehu stated.

Director of Islamic Af­fairs in the Army, Col. S. Mustapha, said some peo­ple have failed to heed sev­eral warnings on the false teachings of some clerics in the society. “Despite Islamic warning against extremism and terrorism, some people did not heed the warning, but always embark on distorting the real meaning of Qur`anic verses and Hadith, dissem­inating wrong information on Islam, in order to lure ignorant Muslim youths into crime in the name of fighting Jihad,” he said.

Culled from: http://sunnewsonline.com/new/dhq-alerts-on-new-terror-plots/

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