The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Saturday in Kano said it had killed five suspected terrorists in the city’s metropolis.
A statement signed by the JTF spokesman, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, said the incident happened during an operation in two houses at the city’s Hotoro Danmarke and Brigade areas.
The statement also said two soldiers lost their lives too during the early morning operation.
“In the early hours of this morning, at about 3 a.m. to be precise, a combined team of JTF and DSS personnel stormed two residences at Hotoro Dan Marke and Brigade General areas. During the operation which resulted in a shootout, five terrorists and two soldiers lost their lives,’’ it said.
The statement added that intelligence reports had indicated that the terrorists were in the process of finalising plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano.
It said items recovered during the operation included two AK 47 rifles, 458 rounds of 7.62 special and six AK 47 rifle magazines.
The statement said the security outfit had been achieving positive results from its operations in the state.
“The proactive reactions of the JTF have denied the terrorists freedom of action in Kano and from using the state as a spring board to launch attacks on other parts of the country,” it said.
The statement then urged members of the public to go about their normal businesses without fear as the JTF had increased its patrols to cope with the situation.
It however urged people of the state to desist from renting their properties to persons with questionable identities.