Soldiers kill six suspected Boko Haram members in Kano and Maiduguri

Clashes between suspected members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram and officers of the Joint military Taskforce (JTF) in Both Maiduguri and Kano on Saturday had left at least six people dead and several others injured.

Confirming the incidence, the commander of the 3rd Brigade, Nigeria Army, Kano, Brigadier General Iliyasu Abba told reporters while conducting them around the scene of the clash said that the gunfight between the sect members and soldiers broke out when the security operatives raided their hideout in Saburwar Gandu, Phase one area of Kumbotso Local government area of Kano.

The Brigade commander said the suspected members of the Boko Haram sect had attempted to denote a bomb in a car in order to kill the soldiers that had invaded their hideout following a tip off. “Unfortunately, the IEDs (improvised explosive device) inside the car exploded on them and shattered their bodies,” he said.

In Maiduguri, the operatives of the JTF engaged Boko Haram members in a gunfight that lasted for an hour after the sect members attacked the location where the security operatives were located along the Abaganaram and railway quarters in the town between 5:30 and 7:15pm.
Army spokesperson in Maiduguri, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa confirmed the attack on the army base by the Boko Haram members saying that the soldiers succeeded in repelling it.

He said that four Boko Haram members were killed in the gunfight while an AK 47 rifle was recovered from them as well as 200 rounds of 6.722 mm special ammunition.

The army spokesperson said that they had forced over 200 residents to lay face-down on the road during the gunfight despite the tarmac reaching extreme temperatures in Maiduguri, which borders the Sahara desert.

Lt. Col. Musa said it was to protect them from stray bullets.

KANO: Soldiers kill nine members of Boko Haram in gunfight

Military authority on Wednesday said soldiers have killed nine suspected members of a radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram who attacked a town in Kano.

Operatives of the Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) kill eight members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram

This was disclosed by Brig. General Iliyasu Abba while addressing journalists in Kano. He said that the attack by the Boko Haram happened in Tundun Wada in Kano state.

Brig. Gen Abba said that the militants were gunned down when they engaged the soldiers in a gun battle while trying to escape from the village.

He said the sect members set fire to a bank and attack a police station before fleeing.

According to the military spokesman, the attackers stole police uniforms, Kalashnikov rifles, bulletproof vests and ammunition before leaving for a road back to Kano.

There, military forces who received a distress call from the town attacked them, killing nine suspected sect members, he said.

Soldiers arrested two suspected sect members, who the military paraded before journalists Wednesday.

Security officials have also confirmed that two persons were killed and others when unidentified gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a local gathering spot in Kano.

The Human Right Watch had reported that Boko Haram was responsible for killing more than 200 people this year alone attacking via suicide bombers and assault-rifle shootouts.

The sect has rejected efforts to begin indirect peace talks with the Federal government calling the government “infidel”.

Gunmen attack Checkpoint in Kano

Gunmen suspected to be Boko haram members have launched another attack in Kano by opening fire in one of the state’s checkpoints on Tuesday leaving two policemen and a soldier dead.

The spokesman for the joint military-police task force in the city, Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi confirmed the attack saying that two policemen and one of the attackers were killed, while a soldier was wounded.

According to the Residents, the gunmen arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the checkpoint.

Police officer killed in fresh Kano attack

One Police officer was killed by the gunmen that attacked Mandawari Police station in Kano, early Monday morning.

The gunmen had launched an attack on the police station by shooting sporadically at the statioon, shortly after the break of dawn.

This is third time such attack is launched on the the Mandawari Police this year.

The Police Public relation officer in Kano state, Magaji Musa Majiya confirmed that six gunmen on motorcycles shot at a police station.

The police authorities also confirmed that they shot dead six suspected Boko Haram members training at a camp in the  town of Mubi.

Unidentified gunmen attacked the Mandawari Police station in Gwale local government area of Kano in the early hours of Monday morning.

A number of police officers are feared injured in the attack on the Police station, which is located around the palace of the Emir of Kano.

According to residents, the gun fire started at the break of dawn as the gunmen attacked the station.

The Joint Military Task force (JTF) in the state has cordoned off the area and searching for suspect.

The city witnessed similar attack last Friday when Rijiyar’zaki police station was attacked by gunmen, leaving one dead.

Members of the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram have staged similar attacks in the stated recent weeks, with the deadliest in January when almost 200lives were lost.

Police stations and prisons have been major attacks for the fundamentalist sect across different states in northern Nigeria.


3 wounded as gunmen raid police station in Kano

Gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Friday attacked the Rijiyar Zaki police station in Ungogo local government area of Kano state injuring three policemen.

The Kano state police spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya who confirmed the attack said that the assailants escaped on their motorbikes.

According to agency reports, the police officers at the station had fled in different directions as the gunmen fired shots at their station.
The number of casualties is yet to be confirmed, but the area has been reportedly cordoned by soldiers from the joint task force.

President Goodluck Jonathan had accused the militant Islamist group of killing a British and an Italian hostage on Thursday during a failed attempt by U.K. and Nigerian forces to rescue them.

The hostages, Chris McManus, a British citizen, and Franco Lamolinara, an Italian, were killed “by their Boko Haram captors before they could be rescued by a joint security raid on the kidnappers’ hideout” in the northern state of Sokoto, Jonathan’s office said in a statement late yesterday from Abuja, the capital.

The group is believed to be responsible for 300 deaths so far this year, including the 200 slaughtered in the northern city of Kano in January. In recent months, Boko Haram has said its goals are to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria, and to free imprisoned members.

US ask Jonathan to develop north to beat Boko Haram

The United States of America on Monday urged President Goodluck Jonathan led administration to tackle an Islamist insurgency in the north by bringing jobs and development to the deprived region, and it pledged to support the government in the task.

The US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman said that the United States was looking to establish a consulate in Kano, the biggest city in the North and a recent target of attacks, as well as a number of other ways to help it fight radical Islamist sect Boko Haram.

The group, which styles itself on the Taliban, has been blamed for almost daily shootings and bombings that have killed hundreds of people in the past two years.

“Regarding the security concern, we agree with President Jonathan that this must be holistic approach. That it is about security, it is about development, it is about jobs,” Sherman said during the first stop of an African tour that also takes in Zambia and Kenya.

“Together we will do whatever we can, from intelligence sharing, to assistance, to development, to security training.”

Analysts say the remote northeastern state of Borno, where the sect is based, is as poor as some of Africa’s most impoverished countries.

Washington’s plan to open a consulate in Kano comes as violent Islamist movements spread across West Africa and evidence is emerging of links between Boko Haram and al Qaeda’s North African wing, which has several bases in the Sahara.

“We are working very hard in seeing if we can open a consulate in Kano,” the State Department’s number three official told journalists after meeting with the Minister for state of Foreign affairs, Viola Onwuliri.

Last week, the Joint Military taskforce said it had killed five Boko Haram militants and arrested, as they tried to burn down a secondary school in Borno State.

Suspected sect members have torched 10 schools in northeastern Nigeria the past few days, say authorities, in what would be a new twist in the insurgency.

Boko Haram’s name means “Western education is sinful,” after the anti-Western teachings of its early spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed in police custody in 2009.

Gunmen kill three police officers in Kano attacks

At least three police officers were killed on Monday when unidentified gunmen invaded the residence of the Kano state police commissioner at the Chiranchi Dorayi quarters along Panshekara road, reports said.

Others were injured in the attack which took place on Monday afternoon. The gunmen had stormed the premises of the senior police official and opened fire outside the residence, killing two officers standing guard at the gates.

Eye witnesses report seeing three gunmen, two of them on a motorcycle had come in from the alley, while the third had approached from the main road on foot.

Residents fled to safety to avoid getting caught in the cross fire, the eye witness reported, adding that two other policemen were felled in the shooting.

All three gunmen eventually ran out of ammunition, taking off on foot through back alleys as some passers-by attempted to capture them.

Kano state police spokesman ASP Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the incident, adding that the area has been cordoned off by police. He denied reports that four police officers were killed, claiming instead that two policemen were killed while the other two officers sustained serious injuries.

Nigeria’s radical Islamic sect Boko Haram sect has claimed attacks on security personnel, including the multiple bomb attacks in Kano targeting security posts that left at least 185 people dead earlier this year.

Gunmen kill groom in Kano State

There would be no “happy ever after” for bride Siliya whose groom was killed by unknown assasains, only hours after a wedding.

According to reports, Alhaji Lawan Kofar Dawanau, the 47-year-old newlywed and staff of the Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano State was shot dead shortly after the Zuhr prayer.

Eye witnesses say the assailants had stormed the quarters on a motorcycle, taking a female guest hostage and using her to force their way into the wedding ceremony.

Upon their arrival, reports said, the groom came outside when one of the gunmen identified and shot him, a source told reporters.

The Leadership reported that the gunmen had asked those around to remain calm as they had come there on a mission, warning that anyone who got in the way would get shot.

Kano State police PRO Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the incident and promised that an investigation into the killing was underway.

Gunmen attack Kano mosque, kill 5

Gunmen sprayed a mosque with bullets in the city of Kano on Friday, killing five worshippers, the police spokesman has confirmed.

The public relations officer of the Nigeria Police Force in Kano, Majiya Musa stated that “the attackers came on a motorcycle and shot sporadically at worshippers this evening.

“The situation is now under control. An investigation has been launched” he added.

Mr Musa said the police suspected the attackers to be members of the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, which is waging a  violent insurgency in northern Nigeria.

The insurgency which used to be confined to Boko haram’s home in the city of Maiduguri, has spread across cities in northern Nigeria.

Similar attacks are increasingly being staged in Kano state, where it killed 186 people in January.

Boko Haram, which wants to impose Sharia law across the country has become more sophisticated in its methods of attacks in the last six months which includes bombing, prison breaks and drive-by shootings on motocycles.

Two police officers shot and killed in Kano

Gunmen suspected to be members of radical Islamic sect Boko Haram shot and killed two police officers in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano on Thursday and left two more injured, police officials confirmed.

The attacks come a day after security forces and sect members dueled in a shoot out battle in the early hours of Wednesday.

Radical Boko Haram sect, believed to be behind the police shooting, are known to target security officials and police posts. It recent most deadly attack took place in Nigeria’s second largest city on 20 January, claiming at least 185 lives.

Kano police spokesman Agaji Musa Majia said the unknown gunmen opened fire on a police foot patrol in the Gidan Murtala area of the city, Reuters reported.

“As a result of the attack, two died on the spot while two were injured and are now receiving treatment at a hospital.”

Majia said thorough investigations were being carried out and the surrounding area combed for suspects; he adds that 15 suspects have been apprehended since the dawn raids in Kano on Wednesday.

JTF battles Boko Haram in Kano

Multiple explosions and gunfire rocked Tishama quarters in Kano metropolis Wednesday morning as operatives of the Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) raided a suspected hide out for the Boko Haram sect.

The sporadic gunshots which started at about 4.00am forced Muslims in the area to shun calls for their early morning prayers.

“We were stopped from coming out for our early morning prayers, we couldn’t leave the house. About 5 a.m the gunshots and explosions started,” Stephen Ahmed, a Kano resident, told Reuters by phone.

Residence say the eastern by-pass otherwise known as ring road was cordoned off by the military at Mega station roundabout while a similar measure was extended to the Hadejia road end.

Clashes between Boko Haram gunmen and security forces have flared up several times in Kano since the sect killed about 200 people, its deadliest attack so far.

“There was a shootout and four arrests were made while the early morning operation lasted,” the spokesman for the JTF, Ikedi Iweha Ikidichi told Reuters while declining to answer further questions.

Boko Haram, which is waging an insurgency to try to impose sharia law across Nigeria, has become increasingly sophisticated and deadly in its methods in the last six months.

It often sets off multiple bombs in succession or follows them up with shooting sprees.

It claimed responsibility on Tuesday for attacks in its home base in the northeast town of Maiduguri this week which killed at least 8 people.
A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said there were as yet no recorded casualties from the fighting, noting that it mostly happened in the early hours, when a curfew was still in force in Kano.