From The Clarion Project.
Boko Haram Planned to Fit School Bags With IEDs
Most likely the terror group had planned to use young people (of an age that would be carrying such bags) as suicide bombers.
Officials in Nigeria uncovered a Boko Haram bomb factory making school bags in which to hide improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Since the Nigerian public has become wary of unattended plastic bags (used in previous attacks), Boko Haram -- in an apparent attempt to copy the successful methodology of the Boston Marathon bombers -- devised a new kind of bag that could be easily dropped in a crowd, as did the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston.
The bags, which look like typical school bags, were designed to hold various types of IEDs capable of killing 1,000 people at one time. The switch to activate the bomb was to be contained in the handle of the bag.
The discovery of the factory was made by the Joint Task Force (JTT) in Kano working in coordination with the Department of State Security (DSS).
“They will just carry it on their back and walk into any place or their target without people knowing or suspecting, as they will be mistaken for students. This is a dangerous trend,” said an official from the JTT, who believes that Boko Haram was planning to use the bags in the upcoming sallah celebrations.
The official also said that most likely the terror group had planned to use young people (of an age that would be carrying such bags) as suicide bombers.
“People should beware of the latest IEDs the terrorists are producing; it is packaged in a school bag for a suicide bomber. They can carry it into the mosque, church and even schools. This is what happened in Boston; this trend is a kind of copy-cat thing. People should be on look out,” said Bassey Eteng, one of the directors of the DSS.
Speaking at a press conference, Nigerian army commander Brigadier General Iliaysu I. Abbah said, “This is the first time we are recovering something like this. They primed the IEDs in a bag unlike the previous ones.”
Abbah also said that security personnel had recovered the materials Boko Haram was planning to use to make the school-bag IEDs, which included primed cylinders of IEDS, a primed explosive suicide back pack, 18 empty IED cylinders, 24 detonators, small bags of fertilizer, IED timers, cortex wires and remote controls.