Fresh Military-Boko Haram Battle In Kano Claims Two Soldiers, Five Gunmen
At least two soldiers and five members of the Boko Haram islamist sect were killed today in Kano after a broad daylight gun battle between the military and insurgents when men of the Joint Security Task Force invaded their hideout in Hotoro Dan Market and Brigade General areas of the Kano.
A statement signed by the spokesman of the JTF, Captain Ikediche Iweha today said the operation began at exactly 3.00 pm following intelligence reports on the sect members. He added that a cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the two locations which include two AK 47 rifles, 458 rounds of 7.62 special and six AK 47 rifle magazines.
According to the JTF “Intelligence available indicates that the terrorists were in the process of finalizing plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano respectively. The proactive reactions of the JTF have denied the terrorists freedom of action in Kano and from using the state as a spring board to launch attacks on other parts of the country.”
The JTF expressed worry over the ease with which the insurgents secured accommodation in Panshekara, Ja’en, Mariri, Farawa, Hotoro, Sherada, Brigade and other outskirt areas of Kano state, despite repeated appeals to property owners to desist from renting their property to persons of questionable identity.
“The JTF in Kano would not allow the state to be used as haven for terrorists. These appeals having fallen on deaf ears, the JTF would not only continue to destroy any such property which is found to accommodate terrorists but will also arrest the owners of such properties, treating them as accomplices even if they do not reside in the said property.”
“The JTF therefore calls on all residents of Kano not to relent in the fight against terrorist elements who are seeking refuge in the state by reporting any suspicious persons regardless of gender for immediate action to prevent the loss of lives and properties”,the statement adding, urging members of the public to go about their lawful businesses without any fear and to contact the task force through its telephone numbers in the event of any distress, adding that the JTF has increased its patrols to cope with the pressure of the Ember periods and fleeing terrorists.
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