Nigeria claims to have uncovered a spy cell operated by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram at the Abuja international airport. The intelligence agency has also warned that a possible attack could be taken on the airport.
“The service, in liaison with the aviation security of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, disrupted a spying network mounted by the Boko Haram terrorists,” Tony Opuiyo the Department of State Services (DSS) spokesman said in a statement.
“The service is working closely with major aviation stakeholders, especially the Aviation Security Department, to forestall any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports,” he continued.
Yesterday, authorities announced that they had arrested a 14-year-old boy who was caught spying on security measured in the airport.
DSS declared that the boy was expected to pass on details about “passenger screening, boarding procedures and other processes in the departure and arrival halls.”
The BBC reported that since 2014 Boko Haram has killed around 5,500 civilians in Nigeria alone and that since 2012 the group along with the military campaign against them has killed more than 15,500 people.