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The Department of State Security Service (DSS) has raised the alarm over the training of suicide bombers by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the North-East.
ISWAP is a splinter group of the Boko Haram sect and has been trying to establish a caliphate in the region after killing former terrorist leader, Shekau.
The DSS Director in Adamawa, Babagana Bulama, disclosed this during the 2022 first zonal quarterly conference of State Directors of security in Maiduguri, Borno State.
He said investigation revealed that the group was plotting to attack communities in the region.
He, however, assured Nigerians that DSS was already working closely with other security agencies to ensure national security.
Bulama said: “Although attacks by the insurgents in parts of the zone recently reduced owing to counter terrorism operations by security forces, available intelligence has indicated that ISWAP is training [members on] suicide bombing with a view to carrying out deadly attacks on security agencies and vulnerable communities.
“Most worrisome is recent intelligence on the convergence of elements of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in the Lake Chad area within Nigerian territory.”