The State Security Service on Tuesday said it had found a bomb-making factory, operated by the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram at Hayin Nasarawa Iku, near Suleija, a town outside Abuja.
Six suspected members, including a foreign fighter from Niger, have been arrested.
Ms. Marilyn Ogar, assistant Director, Public Relations, SSS, said they had all confessed to be members of the sect in the Suleja-Abuja axis under the direction and control of a “blood-thirsty Boko Haram leader who is at large.” She did not disclose the names of the suspects, neither she name the said Boko Haram leader.
Investigations are still going on to uncover the people responsible for the bombing of the U.N. headquarters that occurred last month killing 23 people in the Nigerian capital. Last week, they suspected a third member with an al Qaeda connection that led the plot.
A statement from the Department of State Services said the six people detained were wanted in connection with the bombings of the electoral commission, a church and the killing of four policemen. It did not link them directly with the Abuja bomb.
Ogar said the items recovered from the arrested suspects included a Honda Civic car with registration number Borno AG 94 MNG, 200 pieces of detonators; a battery connected to a detonator; two damaged detonators; a locally made revolver; one gun butt; two knives; and 10 GSM handsets with SIM cards, among others.