By Ibrahim Shuaibu
Gunmen on Wednesday night attacked a police check point along Madobi Road near the Sani Abacha Youth Centre in Dorayi quarters, Kano leaving a police officer dead.
According to reports, the gunmen drove up to the check point in a Volkswagen Golf car and three motorcycles but rather than obeying an order to park to be searched, opened fire on the policemen.
The policemen were able to repeal the attackers, but lost an officer in the gun battle.
Spokesman of the police in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Rilwan Mohammed, who confirmed the attack to THISDAY, explained: “We lost an officer during the attack, but our men on duty were able to repeal the attackers.”
Rilwan said further that the policemen chased the gunmen, who abandoned their vehicle and motorcycles and fled on foot, but were unable to apprehend them.
However, an inspection of the abandoned vehicle revealed that it was loaded with some explosives.
He said the police anti bomb squad was able to successfully detonate the three explosives found inside the gunmen’s abandoned vehicle.
Our correspondent in Kano learnt that the loud sounds of the bombs being detonated caused serious panic among the residents of the area as the detonations started at about 10.45 pm when most people were at home.