JSTF KILL TWO SUSPECTED GUNMEN, ARREST FOUR OTHERS IN BOTCHED ATTACK ON A KANO CHECKPOINT

An Otokar Cobra APC on urban counterterrorism counterinsurgency patrols

An Otokar Cobra APC on urban counterterrorism counterinsurgency patrols

NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
February 24, 2013
Kano

The Joint Security Task Force (JTF) on Saturday shot dead two suspected gunmen and arrested four others in the Kano metropolis. An eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. at a security checkpoint on Hadeja Road in Kano City.

The witness said the incident occurred
during ‘a stop and search’ on a commercial vehicle at the checkpoint. ‘’It was in the process that one of the
passengers opened fire on the operatives at the checkpoint and as a
result one soldier was injured. ‘’Soon after that the security operatives responded by killing the attacker instantly,’’ the source said. It was learnt that another passenger in the vehicle brought out a knife and tried to attack the solders but he was also shot dead instantly.

When contacted, the JTF spokesman,
Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the
incident and the killing of the two
gunmen. He said the incident happened at a checkpoint when the operatives were carrying out a search on a commercial vehicle when a passenger opened fire on the soldiers. Iweha said that two suspects were shot dead while four others were arrested during the incident.

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

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