6 January, 2012
The Joint Task Force (JTF) on security in Borno State has killed two suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in their hideout in Maiduguri, the state capital. The sect members were traced to their hideout after they killed a father and his son in a shop at Dala Ward of Maiduguri.
The killers had reportedly asked for a bottle of soft drink from the man, who also had his wife and son with him, on Wednesday night. As he was attending to the “customers”, one of them reportedly brought out his gun and shot the man and his son point blank. His wife was shot in the leg.
The woman raised the alarm, which attracted the neighbours and members of the task force. The JTF members were said to have trailed the sect members to their hideout where an exchange of gunfire occurred. The two Boko Haram suspects were killed during the gun duel. The woman is said to be receiving treatment at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital(UMTH).
The JTF spokesman Lt.-Col. Hassan Mohammed confirmed the incident in a telephone interview. He said the two civilians were shot dead by unknown gunmen at about 9pm on Wednesday at Dala Ward in Maiduguri.
According to him, the JTF trailed the gunmen to their hideout shot them shot dead after an exchange of gunshots. Lt.-Col Mohammed said the bodies of the two gunmen have been deposited at the UMTH.
The JTF spokesman urged the public to report the hideouts of Boko Haram members to the task force for necessary action. He added that this would make it easy for peace to be restored to the state.