21 December 2012

Nigeria: 30 Gunmen Kill Two, Kidnap Expatriate, Bomb Police Station in Katsina

Photo: Daily Trust
Frances Colump.

In a move that sent panic down the spine of hapless citizens, dare devil gunmen, yesterday, killed two persons even as they kidnapped a French national and bombed Rimi police station in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Eyewitness account said the gunmen numbering 30, arrived Rimi town at the wee hours in three vehicles and launched coordinated attacks at both the police station and the resident of the kidnapped French citizen, Mr Francis Colump, site engineer with S.A Vergnet, the firm handling Katsina Windmill Power project.

"They divided themselves into two groups with one of the groups attacking the police station obviously to distract the attention of the police while the other launched the attack at the resident where the kidnapped victim was residing" a police source who prefers anonymity said.

It was gathered that the armed men used gas cylinder and explosive to bomb the police station before attacking the resident of Mr Colump where they killed two persons and shot a mobile police personnel reportedly attached to Mr Colump as his orderly.

Findings revealed that the two men who were killed are Rabe Dan-ungwa, 40, the night watchman and his friend, Abubakar Salisu, 25, who was with him when the armed men struck. The police man reportedly shot by the armed men is said to be receiving treatment at a hospital in Kano.

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