The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano yesterday raided a suspected hideout of gunmen and succeeded in killing four of them in a gun battle that lasted several hours.
The dawn attack carried out on the hideout resulted in serious exchange of gunfire that lasted many hours, an eye witness told our correspondent in Kano.
The hideout, according to the source, was located at the Jan-block Quarters in Gwale local government area in the outskirts of Kano metropolis.
A source who preferred anonymity hinted that the security men raided after a tip-off over the suspected house believed to be an operational base of the terrorists.
The source hinted that, during the operation, the task force team had uncovered a vehicle said to have been primed for a suicide mission, with large quantity of arms and ammunition, including high-capacity explosives.
Spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, who confirmed the raid, said, “A dawn operation was carried out by the task force at the early hours of yesterday [Saturday] that resulted in a gun duel with the suspected terrorists. At the end of the raid, four suspects were killed in the hideout located at Jan-block.”
A resident of the area, who also spoke on the attack disclosed that they were shocked by the kind of gunshot sounds they heard, which, he said, started in the early hours of Saturday.
“We were all in a state of shock over the unusual discovery at the premises of a magnificent building at Jan-block believed to be the hideout of the suspected terrorists. That’s why we remained indoors to avoid falling into a crossfire,” he stressed.