Sunday, February 24, 2013

Two gunmen killed, four arrested in Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian troops in northwest Kano State on Saturday killed two suspected gunmen and arrested four others in Kano metropolis when the gunmen attacked the checking point.
A security source told Xinhua that the incident happened around 1:10 p.m., local time, at a security check point along Hadejia road, during "a stop and search" on a commercial vehicle at the check point.

"It was in the process when one of the passengers of the vehicle opened fire on the security operatives at the check point, " the source added.

"Soon after the incident security operatives at the check point responded by killing the attacker instantly," the source said.

Spokesman of the Joint Security Task force (JTF) Capt Ikedichi Iweha confirmed the incident and the killing of the two suspected gunmen.

He said the incident happened at a check point when the operatives were carrying out a search at a commercial vehicle when a passenger opened fire on the soldiers.

Captain Iweha said two suspects were killed while four others were also arrested during the incident.

The JTF spokesman said investigation had since commenced to ascertain the identities of the suspects while security had also been beefed up in the area.

Kano State has witnessed waves of violence often claimed by the militant sect of Boko Haram. Thousands of people have been killed in northern and central parts of Nigeria since the sect launched insurgency in 2009.

2013-02-24 01:36:40

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