Troops nab 11-yr-old potential suicide bomber.

In this photo of Thursaday, Oct.21, 2010,  Al-Shabaab fighters display weopons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu, Somalia A failed offensive by Somalia's strongest insurgent group has left at least 20 people dead as the Islamist group attempted to recapture a district in southwestern Somalia from government forces, an official and a witness said Friday.   The attempt by al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked Somali militia, to win back a district near Kenya's border left 12 people injured, said local resident Osman Gelle. Gelle said the violence, which started Thursday afternoon, was the worst he had seen in more than a year.   Somali government forces took over the Beled-Hawa district last Sunday in an offensive launched to take back areas held by militants. Al-Shabab militants took control of the area in Jan. 2009 after Ethiopian troops, who had entered to support Somalia's transitional government, withdrew from Somalia. The militia group briefly lost control of the town in Aug. 2009 to Ahlu Sunna Waljamea, a moderate Islamist group allied to the government. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

By kingsly Omonobi

Vigilant troops of 7 Division Garrison providing security
at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, Dalori in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State Tuesday afternoon apprehended an 11 year old boy, Master Usman Modu Tella a potential suicide bomber.

A statement signed by Col Sani Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations said, “Master Tella is suspect number 82 on the poster containing the photographs of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists released by the Nigerian Army.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was from Bama town and is among 4 other children trained for suicide bombing by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Tella further “added that the 3 others have already carried out their missions at different locations. His job was to do same in the camp sometime in the future.

“The boy also pointed out one other Boko Haram senior member, Alhaji Kerewu Abubakar is at the camp”.

“It will be recalled that due to the concerted efforts of the military quite a number of towns and villages hitherto held by the Boko Haram terrorists were liberated” Usman said.

“This brought about an unprecedented influx of IDPs to the camp which the terrorists took advantage and infiltrate in order to wreck more havoc among the society.
“The case of these suspects clearly indicated this point hence the need for proper screening of all IDPs with a view to ascertain their true identity.

“The apprehension of the suspects is a boost to the fight against terrorism and insurgency in that they were assisting with investigation that would lead to the arrest of more suspected terrorists in the camp and elsewhere” Usman said.

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