Nigerian soldiers participate in an operation in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, March 16, 2016. Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday participated in an operation of destroying Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulasari area of Borno State. Nigerian troops recovered armored carrier from the terrorists. (Xinhua/Wale Salau)
LAGOS, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian authorities on Friday issued a terror alert of the plan by a Boko Haram affiliate, Muslim Brotherhood Cell in central north Kogi State, to acquire bomb-making chemicals and high-caliber weapons to perpetrate acts of terror, including attacks on banks, arms depots and prisons.
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said in a statement made available to Xinhua that intelligence monitoring has shown that the cell is making frantic efforts to advance its IED-making capability through the acquisition of such chemicals as Sodium Azide (for producing improvised detonators), Potassium Chlorate (alternative to ammonium nitrate used for producing IEDs) and Aluminium Powder (a fuel source for amplifying explosions).
"One Usman, an IED apprentice, left the cell some time back to join Islamic State in Libya. The new desire to acquire IED precursor chemicals could suggest that Usman or other persons may have returned from Libya and have acquired IED-making skills intended to increase the activities of the group," he added.
Nigerian soldiers take position during an operation in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, March 16, 2016. Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday participated in an operation of destroying Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulasari area of Borno State. Nigerian troops recovered armored carrier from the terrorists. (Xinhua/Wale Salau)
According to him, intelligence also revealed that the group is making serious efforts to acquire sophisticated arms, including shoulder-fired rocket launchers.
The minister added that members of the Muslim Brotherhood are planning to forcefully free their members who are in detention in Kogi, Abuja and Kaduna, including one Bilyaminu, an IED expert for the group who is now at Kuje prison.
Mohammed appealed to Nigerians to be vigilant and to report any suspicious persons or movements to the authorities.