JTF confirms death of German in Kano

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano state has been reacting to the murder of a German national Mr Edgar Fritz Raupach who had been held hostage in Kano state, north western Nigeria since January.

The JTF in a statement disclosed that Raupach was killed during a raid by security forces on an enclave near Bayero University Kano, where some terrorist commanders were said to be meeting.

On sighting the security forces, the terrorists opened fire and threw improvised explosive devises on the security forces resulting in an exchange of fire for about thirty minutes, five members of the terrorist group dead.

The JTF added that while conducting a search of the hideout, they found the handcuffed corpse of an expatriate, later identified as the German national who was   kidnapped in Kano in January this year, along Zaria bye pass while working for Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company. He was allegedly killed by the terrorists on noticing the security forces.

Among the items recovered at the scene were 2 AKk 47 rifles, huge quantity of ammunition, 36 hand grenades and improvised explosive devices.

A group claiming to be Al-Qaeda’s North African wing said in March that it was holding Mr Raupach and demanded the release of a Muslim woman, Filiz Gelowicz imprisoned in Germany in exchange for his freedom.

Police arrest 13 Nigeriens in Kano

13 Nationals of Niger Republic have been arrested by the Police force in Kano for allegedly entering the country without valid entry documents.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, who disclosed this at a press conference in Kano on Thursday, said the suspects were arrested on May 8 during a raid along Beirut road in Kano metropolis…the raid was carried out at about 9.30 p.m. to check criminal activities within the area.”

Idris further said “Upon interrogation, the suspects were discovered to have come from Niger Republic without valid entry documents and they do not have any means of livelihood or housing.’’

According to the Commissioner, the 13 persons have been transferred to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Kano Command, for further necessary action.

Gunmen kill 3 in Kano relaxation spot

Unknown gunmen shot and killed three people at a relaxation spot in Tukuntawa area of Kano state, on Sunday evening.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen arrived on a motorbike and opened fire on people playing cards at the spot, adding that the sporadic shooting which lasted five minutes also left several people wounded.

Reprieve however came following the arrival of Joint Task force (JTF) personnel who were seen cordoning off the entire Tukuntawa neighbourhood for possible arrest.

JTF spokesperson in Kano, Lt. Ikediche Iweha and police spokesman Magaji Majia confirmed the incident but failed to give the casualty figure.

JTF raids Boko Haram hideout in Kano

The Joint Task Force (JTF) has raided one of the hideouts of suspected Boko Haram, in Kano state, killing one of the sect members and recovered some items believed to be materials for bomb making.

Sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions were heard in the early hours of Tuesday morning in some major areas in the ancient city of Kano.

“Our men just raided one of the hideouts of the elements … where we discovered explosives and weapons,” said the spokesman for the JTF in Kano, Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi.

The gunshots were reportedly heard around Sheka area as residents woke up to a round of gunfire exchange at the Sharada Police station and Sabo Gwandu parts of the city before the break dawn.

Unconfirmed reports claim that the gun exchange was between security operatives and members of the fundamentalist sect ‘Boko Haram’.

The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris also confirmed the incident saying it was the JTF, that took the battle to the den of the terrorist following security reports they were hiding in the area and plotting an attack on the Sharada Police Station.

Mr. Idris said one of the terrorists was killed while three women and a child, believed to be family members of the insurgents, were captured alive.

He added that over 4000 live ammunition of AK 47, six drums of explosives, and several knives were recovered from the terrorists during the operation.

The commercial city has recorded a number of attacks from the sect this year with a bomb explosion in Christian worship centres within the Bayero University Kano on Sunday which claimed 20 lives while almost 200 people were killed in an earlier attack in the year.


Kano governor promises BUK bomb victim first class medical treatment

The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso on Sunday described the attack on Christian worshipers at the old campus of Bayero University Kano as an unfortunate and sad incident that has breached the peace in the commercial city.

Mr Kwankwaso who cut short an official trip to Abuja to visit the scene of the incident said that such a painful thing is happening at a time peace was gradually returning to the state capital following sporadic attacks by suspected gunmen.

He said that the state government has made arrangements with public and private hospitals in the state to ensure that victims of such incidents are treated satisfactorily, while the government will foot the medical bills.

“The state government will give those victims maximum support so that they can get first class treatment,” Mr Kwankwaso said.

The governor decried the loss of lives and property as a result of the attack on the Christian faithful, commiserated with the university authorities and its community over the happening, hoping that it will not reoccur.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Yahuza Bello who conducted the governor round the scene of the attack explained that some of the worshippers were attacked in an indoor sports hall at the old campus of the university, which they use temporarily as place of worship.

Mr Yahuza added that the second group of worshippers was attacked while conducting the Sunday service in an open space outside the Dandatti Abdulkadir Theater, which they hitherto used, but which is currently undergoing renovation. He said several wounded victims were receiving treatment in hospitals in Kano city.

Car bomb explodes during military raid on Boko Haram’s hideout in Kano

Two suspected members of a fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram were allegedly killed when a car bomb exploded during a military raid on a suspected hideout for the group on Saturday in Kano state.

The explosion also left two soldiers wounded.

Confirming the incident, an officer of the Joint Military Task Force serving in the state,  Brigadier general Iliyasu Abbato,  informed journalists that the attack happened around 1 a.m. He stated that suspected members of Boko Haram detonated the explosive during the raid in Sabuwar Gandu neighborhood of the commercial city.

Abba added that four wives and eight children were arrested at the compound after the blast, which left shattered glass and blood on the floor as part of the home destroyed.

Boko Haram has been waging an increasingly insurgency across the states in northern Nigeria, killing hundreds of people in its jail breaks, school arson and attacks on police station. The group’s attack in Kano, earlier in the year claimed almost 200 lives.


Kano State Government to compensate January Blast Victims

The Government of Kano State has promised to compensate the families of the victims of the Boko haram blasts in Kano state in January ,this was made public by the State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso during a condolence visit by the State House of Assembly.

He also assured that security is on top of the Kano State Government agenda.

Fresh attack on police station in Kano

Suspected Members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Monday evening attacked the Sharadan police station in Kano. The attackers succeeded in denoting bombs at the station.

Fresh attack on police station in Kano

Eye Witnesses at the scene of the attack said that the attackers exchanged fire with the officials of the Joint Security Taskforce deployed to the station for 45 minutes.

The attackers however fled the area after they were overpowered by the officials of the security taskforce.

The number of casualties from the attack could not be ascertained as at the time of this report.

The past three months have seen a surge in violence by Boko Haram, a movement loosely modelled on Afghanistan’s Taliban which says it is fighting to install sharia law across Nigeria.

Bomb and gun attacks by them have killed nearly a thousand people in the past two years, Human Rights Watch says.

German citizen kidnapped in Kano

Gunmen kidnapped a German citizen working on a construction site in Kano on Thursday, the police commissioner said.

German citizen kidnapped in Kano

“We got a report today that a German was kidnapped at his working site with (Nigerian construction firm) Dantata Sawoe at the flyover bridge along Kano’s Zaria road this afternoon,” Kano police commissioner Ibrahim Idris told Reuters.

“We are working on it. We are trying to see what we can do to track them down,” he said.

Kano, a city of around 10 million people, has been plagued by an Islamist insurgency by radical sect Boko Haram in recent weeks. A coordinated series of gun and bomb attacks killed 186 people there on Friday.

At least five injured in fresh bomb explosions in Kano city

There are reports that over five people have been injured in a wave of fresh bomb explosions in Kano, northern Nigeria’s largest city.

The blasts reportedly went off at the New Road park at about 1 p.m. this afternoon even as the dust is yet to settle after the coordinated bomb and gun attacks befell the city last Friday, killing at least 185 people.

At least five injured in fresh bomb explosions in Kano city

Stricken with fear, many residents are beginning to flee the ancient city before the tenuous security situation deteriorates any further; some of those travellers saw the attacks.

Eyewitnesses to the attacks said the explosives were packed in three bags and were mistaken for luggage belonging to some passengers.

According to an eyewitness, when nobody claimed the bags, wary travellers became suspicious. A search soon revealed the contents of the bags to be explosives.

One of the bombs reportedly went off before the situation could be defused, injuring five people. Others were able to run for safety.

The windscreen of two luxury buses in the park were damages by the blast. A detachment of the Kano State anti-bomb squad was immediately deployed to defuse the remaining explosives.

So far, security operatives say they have discovered some 100 or more unexploded devices and at least 8 car bombs in different parts of the city, foiling further attacks which would have followed the Friday bomb blasts.

Suspected Boko Haram Sect leader Arrested in Kano

Susupected Boko Haram Leader arrested in Kano

The Police Command in Kano State, Nigeria’s North-West Region says four suspected Boko Haram Members have being killed and 14 others arrested in connection with attacks that are now generating tension in the state.

One of those arrested is Muhammed “Hamza” Aliyu, said to be a leader of the sect.

He was held as he tried to flee the city following an exchange of fire outside his residence.

Security agencies in Kano had in the past few days come under a series of attacks from gunmen suspected to members of the dreaded Boko Haram Islamic Sect, which seem to have finally unveiled its presence in the ancient city of Kano.

The Sect launched a series of attacks on Security Officers and formations over the weekend, killing three Nigerian Air Force Officers on Thursday night four Policemen within a space of 48 hours.

The latest attack involved three Police Officers, who were killed by gun men suspected to be Boko Haram Members at Darmanawa Quarters at Ungwa Uku in Kano metropolis.

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kill Four in Gun Attack on Air Force School in Kano

Map - Kano State

unmen suspected to be members of radical sect Boko Haram have attacked a military-run school in Kano state, killing four personnel and injuring two officers.

The gunmen were said to have stormed the Nigerian Air Force Comprehensive School, located in the village of Kwa, along the Kano-Katsina road, where a heavy exchange of gunfire ensued at about 8:30pm.

A local farmer who spoke to the AFP said the gun battle lasted for about half an hour. The farmer had initially dismissed the sound of gun fire as students celebrating the end of the school session, which took effect today.

“Two of our officers have been injured and are receiving treatment in hospital,” a unanimous air force official told the AFP.

Another anonymous source, a doctor, said identified the four killed in the attacks as air force personnel. He said six force personnel had been admitted into the hospital on Thursday night, all with gunshot wounds.

“Three died on admission and another one died later,” he said. “The two others that have been critically injured are being treated.”

According to the report, the school had been under heavy surveillance following a series of attacks in the area, one of which involved the shooting of a police officer.

In a separate incident in the Panshekara area at the Western flank of the ancient city, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members shot a mobile police officer to death and dispossessed him of his AK47 rifle.

He was rushed to the Aminu Kano hospital for treatment, but later died from extensive injuries.

It was not immediately clear whether Thursday night’s incidents were linked. Airforce officials are expected to give a full press briefing later today with more information on the gun attacks.