Soldiers in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have killed a suspected member of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, arrested for planting 16 Improvised Explosive Devices at Baga road fish market.
The suspected Boko Haram member was said to have been seen and identified by a teenage girl selling kolanut in the market.
According to traders at the fish market, there was a bomb scare at the market on Wednesday and many traders were forced to close shops.
“An IED was discovered and defused by the police bomb squad and everybody thought it was all over until a teenage girl selling kolanut identified a man of about 50 years as the person responsible for the planting of IEDs in the market,” Salami Abubakar, a trader, said.
“When he was arrested by soldiers, he denied being a Boko Haram member but after the soldiers tortured him, he led them to places were he planted IEDs. It was shocking that this man planted 16 IEDs in the market. Th police has since defused the IEDs,” he added.
According to him, after the suspect had told the soldiers that all the bombs were those he showed them, traders in the market went wild and wanted to take the man from the soldiers, but the soldiers, after some discussion opted to kill the man.