Security operatives, suspected B’ Haram insurgents in gun battle

Boko HaramTWO Boko Haram suspects escaped late on Sunday, in Kaduna after a gun battle, which ensued between them and team of joint security operatives. One of the operatives died in the gun duel.

An eyewitness, who lives close to the residence of the Boko Haram suspects but would not want his name in print said the team of the security personnel, raided the area at about 1a.m. yesterday with exchange of gunfire that lasted for hours.

The incident occurred at a village known as Ungwan Keke-B in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna.
According to the witness, although the two Boko Haram suspects whose names could not be ascertained escaped, their wives were arrested by the security operatives after the gun battle that left their building destroyed.

Their wives were however, arrested by the security operatives and taken away to an unknown destination, the eyewitness said.

Corroborating the eyewitness account, the Dagaci (Village Head) of the area Mallam Suleiman Mohammed also confirmed that they started hearing gunshots at about 1a.m.

He also said the team of security operatives, which was made up of soldiers from the State Security Service (SSS) later announced that the neighbours should all come out of their houses and ordered them to leave the area to avoid being a victim.

When newsmen visited the area, the entire building where the Boko Haram suspects were residing was completely in shambles as blood stains of the dead security operative could be seen on the floor.

Several efforts and calls made to the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the 1st Army Division Kaduna was unsuccessful, as his mobile phones could not be reached.

At the Area Police Command, the police on duty declined comments, saying, “the PPRO is not on seat to speak on the matter and we here cannot make statement on the issue.”

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