July 23, 2014

Four killed, a dozen arrested as JTF raids Boko Haram hideout in Kano

At least four people were killed in a gunfight between the Joint Task Force and suspected members of the radical Boko Haram sect, security sources have reported.

According to the reports, the gun battle occurred on Sunday along Ring road in the Hotoro area of Kano, a suburb of the city notorious for Boko Haram attacks.

The raid had allegedly began on Saturday night, with JTF operatives carrying out a house to house raids, according to Sahara Reporters.

The AFP reported that besides the four suspected insurgents killed in the raid on Sunday, the security agents arrested about 12 more suspects.

“We carried out an operation today on a terrorists hideout…where we killed four of them and arrested many after a prolonged shootout,” army spokesman, Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi told AFP.

“Gunmen ran around the neighbourhood shooting indiscriminately and engaged soldiers in a gun fight,” a resident said.

“Five of them scurried past my house holding AK-47 rifles and shot dead a dog that kept barking at them as they hurried along the alley,” he said.

The shootout lasted for about an hour, the reports said and residents reported that the hideout where the insurgents were found was demolished by the military troops.

Boko Haram’s increasingly dangerous insurgency in Nigeria has claimed over 1,000 lives since 2009, with over 400 killed this year alone.

Two weeks ago, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for an attack on two church services in Bayero University in Kano that left at least 19 people.

The raid comes after several days of intensified attacks from the violent sect.

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