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Police destroy 140 explosives in Jos

| January 24, 2013 More

The Anti-bomb Unit of the Plateau Police Command yesterday in Jos destroyed 140 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) recovered from failed bomb attempts.

The Unit Commander, Mr. Abel Mbibi, who supervised the exercise, said the bombs did not explode but were discovered and defused by men of the unit in Jos and parts of Bauchi State.

Mbibi said the IEDs, which were recovered over time, were kept for public awareness and identification by sister security agencies.”The idea is to educate sister agencies and help them in identifying IEDs because they take various forms and shapes,” he added.

The unit commander said 90 per cent of the enlightenment on the bombs had been achieved and that there was need to destroy the IEDs as some had started deteriorating.

According to him, the explosives were home-made and refined grenades, unexploded military stores (another type of explosive), compressors, gas cylinders and cone iron pipes.

“Also, there are some devices inside vegetable tins, plastic cans, Coca-Cola tins and several others in different shapes,” he added.

Mbibi said the destruction of the IEDs was a routine exercise aimed at saving the society from their harmful effects.

To ensure the safety of people around the quarry in Zaramaganda, Jos, where the exercise was carried out, he said the unit gave several days notice, advising people to stay away from the vicinity between 6:30 am and 4pm.

“We took time to ensure that nobody was close to the quarry, to avoid casualty as a result of the blast,” he said.

Mbibi assured the public that the unit would ensure a bomb-free society.

He urged the public to assist the police and other security agencies with useful information leading to the recovery of bombs before they exploded.

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