Gun­men kill 7 cops in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako, Dutse

Four anti-riot po­lice­men, three reg­u­lar po­lice men and one civil­ian guard were killed in the at­tack

Sus­pected in­sur­gents have shot dead seven po­lice­men and a civil­ian in a raid on a town in Ji­gawa state.

The at­tack­ers stormed Gwaram, south of the state cap­i­tal, Dutse, at about 1am Wed­nes­day and op­er­ated for three hours.

They first at­tacked the di­vi­sional po­lice sta­tion where they killed the po­lice­men and then burnt down the sta­tion.

Next, they raided a branch of the Unity Bank, set it ablaze and killed a civil­ian guard.

They later raced to the Up­per Sharia court and set it ablaze.

The As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice in charge of zone one Mr Tam­bari Muhammed con­firmed the in­ci­dent to news­men dur­ing a visit to the town.

He said four anti-riot po­lice­men, three reg­u­lar po­lice men and one civil­ian guard were killed in the at­tack.

The AIG said about 200 at­tack­ers stormed the town on mo­tor­bikes and in cars at about 1.00am.

He said the sus­pected

in­sur­gents used ex­plo­sive de­vices to de­stroy the po­lice sta­tion, the bank and the Sharia court.

The AIG de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as un­for­tu­nate in the state that had been en­joy­ing peace for long.

Ac­cord­ing to him, more po­lice­men had been de­ployed to the area but that no ar­rest has been made yet.

The town was at­tacked in 2012 by sus­pected ter­ror­ists dur­ing which some people were killed and the bank was de­stroyed.

A se­cu­rity source who spoke to Daily Trust on con­di­tion of anonymity said the at­tack­ers came on mo­tor bikes and op­er­ated from 1-4 am dur­ing which they wrecked havoc.

The source told Daily Trust that the at­tack­ers also burnt down five mo­tor­cy­cles and a car be­long­ing to the Bauchi state govern­ment which they in­ter­cepted in the course of the oper­a­tion.

An­other se­cu­rity source who re­quested not to be named told Daily Trust there is no known ter­ror­ist’s pres­ence in Ji­gawa state.

He said the sus­pi­cion is that they came from the neigh­bour­ing state Bauchi state.

He lately there re­ports that sus­pected gun­men were sighted in the for­est of Darazo lo­cal govern­ment in Bauchi state.

Lo­cals there were said to have no­ticed the sud­den ap­pear­ance of size­able num­ber of armed men in for­est.

They were said to have es­tab­lished a tem­po­rary camp and of­ten en­gaged in armed drills.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, that for­est stretches north into Ji­gawa state through a cor­ri­dor that could link to the bushes on the fringes of Gwaram.


APC mem­bers queu­ing dur­ing the party’s ward congress in Bauchi yes­ter­day.

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