The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified one of the assailants of ThisDay Newspapers in Kaduna today as Umaru Umaru Mustapha of Maiduguri, Borno State.

In a press statement, Marilyn Ogar, a Deputy Director of Public Relations in DSS said that Mustapha and another man drove into R9, Kontagora road, Ahmadu Bello Way in a cream-coloured Honda Accord (Academy), registration number AL 306 MKA, at about 11a.m.  That address belongs to SOJ Global Communications and Investment Limited Plaza, and houses correspondents of The Sun, Thisday and Moments Newspapers.

She said Mustapha alighted “with a container of Improvised Explosive Device (IED).”

“He was immediately challenged by two gallant Nigerians following which he threw the bomb at them and it denoted killing them instantly,” the statement said.  “Subsequently, Mustapha pulled out a pistol and fired several shots in the air in an attempt to escape.

He was however caught and subdued by brave members of the public who refused to be intimidated and handed him over to security forces. Nine persons were injured and are receiving treatment.”

At about the same time, at the premises of Thisday Newspaper in Abuja, another car, a dark green Isuzu Jeep outfitted with bombs, forced its way in, detonated and killed the suicide bomber.

DSS said two other persons were confirmed killed, while five persons were injured.

Extending its sympathies to the families of victims and the deceased, DSS applauded the gallantry and patriotism exhibited by well-meaning members of the public who risked their lives to save others.   It hoped that the “new affront” on the media would not deter patriotic reportage of issues that affect the collective interest of Nigerians.

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