The police in Kano, yesterday, confirmed the killing of 17 Boko Haram members and loss of a policeman in the renewed attacks on the city of Kano on Tuesday. Kano State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris who confirmed the figure disclosed that 14 Impoverished Explosive Devices (IEDs) were defused in different locations in the state after the battle. Three sect members were arrested, while five assault rifles were recovered from the insurgents after the duel.
The police boss, who spoke at a press briefing held at the state police command, said following the attacks, 220 live ammunition, five vehicles, as well as five motorbikes were recovered by the security operatives, aside an exhibit of N100,000 and large quantities of drugs and syringes that were abandoned by the sect.
He explained that the assailants launched sporadic attacks with bombs and assault rifles on Dala Police Divisions, Jakara Police Barracks, Goron Dutse Division, Panshekara Division and 52 Squadron Challawa, adding that they also planted bombs at J S S Sabuwar Doka in the Ungogo Local Government Area of the state. According to him, about 30 of the terrorists had attacked policemen on duty at Dala Division with assault rifles and IEDs. He said during the gun duel, 10 of the sect members fell to the superior firepower of security forces, while others abandoned their Golf, Toyota Corolla cars, a bus, as well as cash and fled.
He added that at Dala Police Division, one personnel, Cpl. Saidu Umar was waylaid and killed on his way to the mosque, while Sergeant Baba Williams was shot and injured on his left hand. He urged managers of various graveyards to report to the police, any group of persons that would want to hurriedly or quietly bury any corpse with gunshot wounds. He recalled that members of the sect had, in some cases, fled with the corpses of their colleagues during Tuesday’s confrontation. Throwing more insight into the gun battle, a statement signed by the Joint Security Task Force and signed by Lt. Ikedechie Iweha said: “At about 1810Hrs yesterday, 26 June 2012, multiple Improvised Explosive Devices were planted by members of the sect at Goron Dutse and Dala general areas of Kano, akin to the 20 January attacks.”
According to the signed statement: “The terrorists gained access to the Dala Police Division where they killed a police corporal and were about to loot the arms store of the division before the response of security forces.” The JTF further noted: “On sighting operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF), the terrorists attempted to flee but were engaged by troops of the JTF. After the gun battle, seven of the terrorists were killed and several wounded.
It added: “ You would recollect that a couple of days ago, members of the terrorist sect staged a prison break in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State where about 40 inmates were freed. “As efforts are on to track the fleeing inmates, another situation was averted by the JTF in Kano yesterday, as the JTF believes that the intent of the terrorists was to first destabilize the closest reinforcement to the Goron Dutse prisons and then storm the prison for a possible prison break. This attempt was frustrated by the security forces,” said the press statement.
The statement continued: “This latest incident once again reveals that members of the terrorist sect would stop at nothing to destabilize the peace of the state and commercial activities, which are slowly picking up. All efforts must collectively be on deck to root out these terrorists.