Information recently made available to 247ureports.com indicates that the attack on Kano yesterday night was a “coordinated and well planned attack” that was meant to look like the January 2012 attack. The communities selected by the suspected Boko Haram group saw the skies light up in fire as the men of Boko Haram and the Joint Task Force exchanged gun fire through the night yesterday. They also witnessed over 20 explosions.
Residents of the communities state that the attack brought back fears of the last January 2012 black Friday attack to the fore. They added that the attack was well coordinated and planned. The Joint Task Force [JTF] were over matched by the superior and/or sophisticated firepower of the Boko Haram. Some of the residents living within Goron Dutse lamented that they saw some of the JTF operatives in apprehension as the intensity of gun battle heightened. “It was clear the Boho Haram boys were smarter and more couragious“, stated aone of the residents who went on to say that nearly all of the attackers escaped before the security men arrived.
The police denies it was outsmarted by the Boko Haram.
According to Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris “the places attacked includes; Dala Police Division, Jakara Police Barracks, Goron Dutse Prison Yard, 52 Squadron Challawa, Junior Secondary School Sabuwar Doka Ungogo LGA. While he also asserts that 17 Boko Haram members were killed, 3 arrested, 5 assault rifles recovered, 14 IEDs defused, 220 live ammunition recovered, 5 motor vehicles recovered, 3 motor cycles recovered. Other things according to the Police Commissioner which was recovered includes N100,000 cash recovered, large quantity of drugs and syringes recovered and according to him the terrorists were numbered about 30,” the Police Commissioner said.
The Police Commissioner also said that one police Corporal was killed at Goron Dutse.
Meanwhile the JTF in their Press Release this moring has narrated their own story.
According to the JTF: “At about 1810Hrs yesterday, 26 June 2012, multiple Improvised Explosive Devices were detonated by members of the terrorist sect at Goron Dutse and Dala general areas of Kano akin to the 20 January 2012 attacks in the state. The terrorist elements eventually gained access to the Dala Police Division outpost were they killed a Police Corporal and were about to loot the arms store of the Police division before the swift response of security forces.
On sighting operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF), the terrorists attempted to flee the area but were engaged by troops of the JTF. After the intense gun battle, seven of the terrorists were killed and several wounded. Arms and ammunitions were recovered from them as well as IEDs which as at this moment are still being discovered and detonated by the Police Anti Explosive Ordinance Unit safely. Area search is still on going to apprehend those with gunshot wounds as well as other unexploded IEDs. The JTF appeals to members of the public to report immediately, any person seen with any form of wound or any suspicious package for prompt action.”
Meanwhile, two explosionswere heard in Nasarawa Local government this morning. A security source pegged the explosion “a controlled detonation” by security agents.